Frank Gore Signs 1-Year Jets Contract, Will Play in 16th NFL Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2020

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Frank Gore #20 of the Buffalo Bills runs off the field after an NFL game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field on November 24, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo Bills defeated the Denver Broncos 20-3. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore will return to the NFL for a 16th season.

Gore's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday that Gore has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets.  

Gore spent 2019 with the Buffalo Bills, running for 599 yards and two touchdowns while splitting time with rookie running back Devin Singletary in the backfield. He also passed Barry Sanders for third on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 15,347 yards counting.

In addition to his on-field role for Buffalo, Gore served as a mentor of sorts for Singletary.

"Everyday I'm coming in, and we are getting in work together," Singletary said of the 36-year-old in November, per WGR 550's Louie DiBiase. "When he does talk about his rookie year, he will say I did this or I did that just giving me an outlook and some goals that I can make for myself."

Following the Bills' Week 9 win over the Washington Redskins, Gore went out of his way to make sure Adrian Peterson spoke with Singletary on the field.

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Frank Gore is a true OG. Bills vet made sure Adrian Peterson took time to talk with rookie RB Devin Singletary 💯 (via @thadbrown7) https://t.co/jeXuE2Z3mH

Immediately after Buffalo's Wild Card Round loss to the Houston Texans, Gore didn't commit one way or the other regarding his future for 2020:

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Bills RB Frank Gore says he’s undecided about his NFL future. Says his body still feels good but he’ll take some time to see if he wants to keep playing. Mentioned his son going to college next year, as well.

According to Pro Football Reference, Marcus Allen was the last full-time running back to play through the age of 37, when he suited up for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997.

The fact that Gore has extended his career this long is impressive, but his production from this past season raises questions about what he can deliver in 2020. His rushing yards were a career low, as were his 3.6 yards per carry.

Any team that might sign Gore knows he can't be the primary ball-carrier anymore. His durability and experience might allow him to remain a solid No. 2 option, though.

Singletary's comments also illustrate Gore's value in the locker room.

Le'Veon Bell is the obvious No. 1 option in New York's backfield. The Jets' depth falls off significantly after Bell, with Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell gone from last year's team. Gore will give head coach Adam Gase a solid alternative on the ground.