Frank Gore indeed plans on returning for his 16th year in the NFL. Gore’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
The five-time Pro Bowl running back is best known for his prime seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.
Gore reunites with his former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who publicly stated that he wanted to “lessen the load” on running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell had 311 touches last season, the eighth-most in the NFL in 2019.
The former Miami Hurricanes running back played with the Buffalo Bills last year, rushing for 599 yards on 166 carries (3.6 average). Despite a down year for the future Hall of Famer, Gore passed Barry Sanders on the all-time rushing list, ending the season with 15,347 career yards. He now ranks 3rd in the all-time list, trailing Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton.
For what it seems, Gore will be No. 2 in the depth chart, behind Bell and above their 2020 fourth-round selection La’Mical Perine. Gore could seemingly be the Week 1 starter, however. Coach Gase and Bell’s relationship was under fire all last season, especially when Gase didn’t seem happy to have Bell back for the 2020 season.
Bell had a career-low season in his first year at New York, rushing for 789 yards in 245 attempts (3.2 average) and three touchdowns. His rushing average was the lowest in franchise history for a player with at least 175 carries. Bell now enters his second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract he signed with the Jets back in March of 2019.
New York hopes to be able to count on Gore as a secondary running back and at the same time mentor Florida Gators standout La’Mical Perine as he did with Bills running back Devin Singletary.
Gore will face off against his former Dolphins squad two times next season, as the Jets are also in the AFC East.