Frank Gore explains decision to sign with Jets instead of retiring
The ageless Frank Gore will return for a 16th NFL season after signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets this week, and the 36-year-old running back explained why he opted to give it another go instead of retiring.
Gore’s decision to sign with the Jets stems in large part to the chance to reunite with Adam Gase, who was the running back’s head coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2018. Their coach-player relationship goes back even further, as Gase served as a San Francisco 49ers assistant in 2008 during Gore’s stint with the team.
“I got an opportunity to get back with a good friend and a guy I respect, and I’m happy that he wanted me to be on his team,” Gore said of Gase, per Jim Trotter of NFL.com. “And I’m happy to be around a guy who has done some great things in this league in Le’Veon Bell. That can motivate me. And I can help out the young kid that they just drafted, La’Mical Perine.”
Gore turns 37 later this month month and obviously is not the same running back as he was in his prime, but he continues to defy Father Time by capably putting up respectable seasons. While his 3.6-yards-per-carry in 2019 with the Bills was a career-worst for Gore, he nevertheless appeared in all 16 games and rushed for an impressive 599 yards on 166 rushes.
“You will never be that young guy again, but when I looked at myself on film last year in Buffalo, you couldn’t tell my age,” Gore said.
Gore, who will enter the 2020 season as the third-ranked back in career rushing yards (15,347), will be expected to spell Le’Veon Bell with the Jets next season and serve as a mentor for team’s young stable of ball carriers.
And after 2020? With Gore, nothing should be ruled out.