Gore agrees to 1-year deal with Jets
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.
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