SANTA CLARA -- One day after Frank Gore, the leading rusher in 49ers history, arrived in Indianapolis to sign a contract with the Colts, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with free-agent running back Reggie Bush.
A league source confirmed Bush will visit Santa Clara on Wednesday to meet with 49ers officials and coaches, and take a physical. Bush has drawn the attention of several teams, reports Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.
The 49ers are in the market for a running back to contribute to a possible “three-headed approach,” along with Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter. Hyde, a second-round draft pick, is expected to replace Gore as the 49ers’ lead back.
Bush accounted for a career-high 1,512 yards from scrimmage with the Detroit Lions in 2013. He rushed for 1,006 yards on 223 rushing attempts, while adding 54 receptions for 506 yards.
But Bush was plagued by a lingering ankle issue last season, which kept him sidelined for five games. Bush averaged 3.9 yards per rushing attempt. He gained 297 yards on the ground, and caught 40 passes for 253 yards.
The Lions released him on Feb. 25 to avoid paying his $3.25 million salary. Because he was released, he will not count against the NFL’s formula for awarding compensatory draft picks.
Bush, 30, is a nine-year NFL veteran who entered the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
Hyde was the 49ers’ third-leading rusher last season behind Gore (1,106 yards) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (639). Hyde carried 83 times for 333 yards (4.0 average) and four touchdowns.
Hunter is back with the 49ers this season after sustaining a season-ending torn ACL during training camp. In 43 games since the 49ers selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, Hunter has 262 rushing attempts for 1,202 yards (4.6 average).