At least 10 players who started games for the 49ers last season will not return. But one player’s departure stands out for one NFC West rival.
“I think losing Frank Gore, that’s the biggest one,” Arizona Cardinals second-team All-NFL defensive Calais Campbell said Wednesday on the NFL Network’s "NFL Total Access."
“He was the heart and soul of that offense, and really that team -- his passion for the game. I played with him in Miami, too, so I might be a little biased. But playing against him, he is the guy. He is really the one that we have to stop. When he got going, they were a tough team to beat.”
Gore routinely faced defenses that were stacked to defend against him during his 10 seasons with the 49ers. Gore was the 49ers’ leading rusher every season he played for the club. Last year, he recorded his eighth 1,000-yard season with 1,106 yards.
As a free agent, Gore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
When asked if Gore, 32, has something left, Campbell was emphatic.
“Oh, yeah,” he said. “(The Colts) are going to be a good team.”
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