The Detroit Lions are trying to add some beef to the backfield. Former San Francisco-49er-turned-former-Indianapolis-Colt running back Frank Gore is possibly headed to the Motor City.
Source says RB Frank Gore and Detroit Lions close to reaching an agreement. Five-time Pro Bowler rushed for 961 yards (3.7 ypc) w three TDs for Colts last year. Will be 35 in May.
— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) March 15, 2018
While it would have been nice to grab Gore straight from San Francisco a couple years back, the former Miami Hurricane didn’t exactly fall off during his time in Indy. In his three seasons with the Colts, Gore played in every single game, tallied 2,953 rushing yards, caught 101 balls for another 789 yards, and scored 19 total touchdowns. Not bad for a guy playing at ages 32-34.
In his prime, Gore was the focal point of the 49ers offense, averaging over 1,000 yards in eight of his 10 seasons in the bay area. His sophomore campaign saw him rush for over 1,600 yards (an average of over 105 yards per game). For his career, Gore has 14,026 rushing yards (currently 5th on the all-time rushing list), 3672 receiving yards, and 97 total touchdowns.
And while most running backs flame out long before the age of 35, Frank Gore has been an outlier for his entire career, as he has missed a total of nine games in his 13-year career.
JUST IN: Detroit Lions re-sign QB, tender young receiver
The moves keep on coming for the Detroit Lions. After releasing tight end Eric Ebron, the Lions have decided to re-sign quarterback Jake Rudock.
The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Rudock a sixth-round (191st overall) draft selection in 2016 out of the University of Michigan, appeared in three games last season for the Lions.
Detroit also decided to tender wide receiver TJ Jones, to the tune of $1.7 million. Jones caught 30 passes on the year for 399 yards and one touchdown, his best year by far for the 3-year pro. He had just 15 catches as a pro entering the 2017 season. So Jones, naturally, was excited about his first touchdown.