NY Jets sign future Hall of Famer Frank Gore to a one-year contract

NY Jets, Frank Gore (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Frank Gore (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets have reportedly signed legendary running back Frank Gore to a one-year contract reuniting the future Hall of Famer with his former head coach.

The NY Jets just added a future Hall of Famer to their backfield in the form of running back Frank Gore. The legendary tailback has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Jets as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gore spent last season playing for the Buffalo Bills where he played in all 16 games (making eight starts) while rushing for 599 yards and two touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry.

Before that, Gore had spent the previous season playing under the guidance of current Jets head coach Adam Gase in Miami where he rushed for 722 yards on a stellar 4.6 yards per carry average.

Now, for the third consecutive season, he will find himself with a new AFC East franchise.

Gore will turn 37-years-old in May and provided he plays a game in the 2020 season, he will officially tie Raiders legend Marcus Allen as the oldest running back to ever suit up for an NFL game.

A 15-year NFL veteran, Gore is currently the third-leading rusher in NFL history with an astounding 15,347 yards trailing just Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton.

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As one of the most accomplished running backs in NFL history, Gore will join a Jets backfield consisting of Le’Veon Bell and fourth-round rookie La’Mical Perine. With a need for running back depth, it always made sense that the team was going to address the position after the draft.

But the signing of Gore is a little unexpected.

The Jets indicated a desire to get faster on offense and it would’ve made more sense to add a running back with more speed to the outside to complement Bell and Perine’s powerful running styles.

Nonetheless, Gore’s experience should prove invaluable in the development of Perine and his prior connection with Gase surely gave him a leg up on his competition.

This will likely mean the end of Bilal Powell‘s impressive nine-year stint with the Jets as the team is unlikely to sign another veteran back with Gore on the roster.

The Jets will look for Gore to make history in 2020 and show that he still has something left in the tank.

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Canton awaits him in the near future, but Frank Gore will be making a pitstop in East Rutherford first.