Dan Herron signs one-year tender

The Colts have added running back Frank Gore, but 'Boom' gives team a versatile backfield backup who has started.

Indianapolis Colts running back Daniel Herron has signed his one-year tender for 2015, the team announced Wednesday.

The exclusive rights free agent is expected to be a backup to Frank Gore, the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time leading rusher who was recently signed as a free agent.

Herron went from a special-teams player to the team’s No. 1 back last season, when he started the last five games including three in the playoffs. He set a team record with 128 yards receiving, most ever for a back in a playoff game.

The former Cincinnati Bengals practice-squad player out of Ohio State played in all 19 games last season. In the regular season, he had 351 rushing yards, including a 49-yard touchdown run, on 78 carries (4.5 yards per carry) with 173 receiving yards on 21 receptions.

In 25 career NFL games, he’s run for 389 yards on 87 carries (4.5 yards per carry) with 230 receiving yards on 22 catches. He’s also made 10 special-teams tackles.

Herron, at 5-10 and 212, is nicknamed “Boom” for his explosiveness. He earned an opportunity to play more after running back Ahmad Bradshaw was lost to a season-ending injury in the 10th game. Herron eventually became the starter in place of the ineffective Trent Richardson, who was recently released.

While Herron had the team’s longest run of the season for the first touchdown of his career, he’s also had trouble hanging onto the football. He lost two fumbles in the regular season and another in the playoffs.

The Colts made him a one-year offer because of his versatility as a runner and pass catcher in addition to being an effective special-teams player.

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