Running back Frank Gore agrees to one-year deal with Jets

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NEW YORK — Adam Gase bolstered the Jets’ backfield depth by reuniting with a trusted, old friend.

The Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with future Hall of Fame running back Frank Gore on Tuesday, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. The 36-year-old Gore played for Gase in Miami in 2018, proving to be a solid presence in a backfield committee.

Gore will join Le’Veon Bell and rookie La’Mical Perine this season.

Gore, the NFL’s third-leading all-time rusher (15,347 yards), will enter his 16th — and likely final — season playing for his third AFC East team in three years. Gore, who will turn 37 this month, had career lows in rushing yards (599) and yards per carry (3.6) in 16 games with the Bills last season.

Only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton are ahead of Gore on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. Gore played 10 seasons for the 49ers before bouncing from the Colts to the Dolphins to the Bills to his likely final destination in New York.

Gore was a personal favorite of Gase, who leaned on the veteran in 2018 rather than turn over the backfield to Kenyan Drake, who shined after getting traded to the Cardinals last season. Gore rushed for 722 yards and 4.6 yards per carry in his lone season with Gase’s Dolphins.

The addition cements Gase’s desire to use a running back by committee approach rather than feature Bell, who is coming off the worst year of his career.


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