Gore agrees to 1-year deal with Jets

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Frank Gore’s likely run to Can­ton will go through the Big Ap­ple for at least one sea­son.

The seem­ingly age­less run­ning back, who turns 37 on May 14, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Jets on Tues­day.

Gore is third on the NFL’s ca­reer rush­ing list with 15,269 yards af­ter pass­ing Barry San­ders on the list last year while with the Bills. With the Jets, Gore will join a back­field that in­cludes Le’Veon Bell and fourth-round draft pick La’Mi­cal Per­ine.

Agent Drew Rosen­haus con­firmed the deal, first re­ported by ESPN. Gore also changed his Twit­ter header to in­clude the Jets logo.

“Truly a Bless­ing!!!” Gore wrote. “Let’s Go JETS! (hash) For­ever Grind­ing!!”

Gore re­unites with coach Adam Gase, whom he played for with the Dol­phins in 2018.

The two were also to­gether with the 49ers in 2008, when Gase was an of­fen­sive as­sis­tant.

Gore, who many be­lieve will some­day be en­shrined in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame, trails only Em­mitt Smith (18,355) and Wal­ter Pay­ton (16,726) in yards rush­ing in NFL his­tory.

“He’s a guy with a great work ethic and is a re­ally good leader, a re­ally good locker room guy,” Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold said dur­ing a Zoom con­fer­ence call with re­porters. “And, ob­vi­ously, it looks like he can still play. We’re thrilled to have him.

“I know Coach Gase has worked with him be­fore and he speaks very highly of him.”

Gore spent last sea­son with the Bills, for whom he had ca­reer lows with 599 yards and 3.6 yards per carry in 16 games while shar­ing the back­field with rookie Devin Sin­gle­tary. The vet­eran had two touch­down runs and also caught 13 passes for 100 yards.

But Gore won’t be asked to shoul­der the load with the Jets — some­thing Bell had to do last sea­son in his first year with the team.

Bell ran for 789 yards af­ter sit­ting out a sea­son with the Steel­ers in a contract dis­pute, but his 3.2 yards per carry were the low­est of his ca­reer.

Gore spent his first 10 NFL sea­sons with the 49ers af­ter be­ing se­lected in the third round out of the Univer­sity of Mi­ami in 2005. He then played three sea­sons with the Colts be­fore play­ing one year each for the Dol­phins and Bills. ■ While plan­ning to play a full reg­u­larsea­son sched­ule, the NFL has for­mu­lated a ticket re­fund plan for can­celed games or those held with­out fans. In a memo sent to the 32 teams by Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell, a uni­form base­line for full re­funds on any tick­ets pur­chased di­rectly from the clubs was pre­pared. Good­ell wrote that “all clubs will have in place a pol­icy un­der which, if a game is can­celled, or is played un­der con­di­tions that pro­hibit fans from at­tend­ing, any­one pur­chas­ing a ticket di­rectly from the club (i.e., sea­son tick­ets, group sales and/or par­tial sea­son plans) will have the op­tion of ei­ther re­ceiv­ing a full re­fund or ap­ply­ing the amount paid to­ward a fu­ture ticket pur­chase di­rectly from the club.” As for the sec­ondary mar­ket, the league re­ceived pledges from Tick­et­mas­ter and SeatGeek to make full re­funds avail­able for all ticket sales within no more than 30 days of can­cel­la­tion. Stub­Hub, how­ever, will do so only where required by state law. NFL will re­veal its 2020 reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule on Thurs­day night. The 2020 sea­son is set to kick off on Sept. 10, with the first full week­end of games on Sept. 13-14.

Base­ball: MLB’s av­er­age salary ahead of a post­poned open­ing day re­mained at around $4.4 mil­lion for the fifth straight sea­son, ac­cord­ing to a study of con­tracts by The AP. The Yan­kees top pay­rolls for the first time since 2013 and tower over the Pi­rates at $54 mil­lion — the low­est of any big league team in six years. MLB rev­enue is es­ti­mated to have in­creased at close to a 4% an­nual rate in re­cent years, but will drop sharply this year be­cause of the im­pact of the new coro­n­avirus.

NBA: 76ers All-Star G Ben Sim­mons is closer to get­ting cleared to play, should the NBA sea­son re­sume. The league leader in steals was side­lined with nerve is­sues in his lower back when the sea­son was sus­pended March 11 be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. He’s al­lowed to re­ha­bil­i­tate at the 76ers’ prac­tice fa­cil­ity in Camden, New Jersey. The 23-year-old Sim­mons av­er­aged 16.7 points, 7.8 re­bounds and 8.2 as­sists in 54 games.

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