Gore isn't expected to participate much, if at all, during team drills this spring, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. After inking a one-year deal with Miami in March, Gore will suit up for only the third different team in his extensive NFL career. It appears the 35-year-old will take his time learning the playbook and reserve reps for minicamp, or possibly even training camp. There's no discussion of an injury at this point, so it's quite possible that Gore's limited action during OTAs is just designed to preserve his body.
Gore's one-year contract with the Dolphins contains a $1.015 million base salary and $90,000 signing bonus, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The terms of the contract support the notion that Gore was merely brought in to alleviate some of Kenyan Drake's workload as opposed to competing for a lead role. Set to turn 35 years old in May, the veteran probably could have gotten a bit more money elsewhere, but he likely preferred to finish his NFL career in his hometown. Gore doesn't have much competition for the No. 2 role at the moment, but that could change once the upcoming draft is complete. It's hard to see him coming anywhere near his customary workload in the 260-carry range barring a scenario in which Drake suffers a season-ending injury.
Gore has signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports. It's a homecoming for Gore, who was born in Miami and played his college ball for the University of Miami. Even behind a shaky Colts line in an offense minus franchise QB Andrew Luck, Gore, who turns 35 in May, still managed 961 rushing yards and three TDs on 261 carries to go along with 29 catches for 245 yards and a receiving score in 2017. Meanwhile, Gore suited up for a full slate for the seventh consecutive season. With the Dolphins, Gore will team up with third-year back Kenyan Drake, who finished last season with 133 carries for 644 yards and three TDs, while adding 32 catches. It's a timeshare that figures to favor Drake, but with enough touches, Gore could still grind out a degree of fantasy utility in 2018.
Gore is meeting with the Dolphins on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports. A report surfaced just one week ago that Gore was likely joining the Lions, but the veteran back never did emerge with a deal, and remains in search of a home for his 14th NFL season. On paper, it seems like a good fit for Gore to return to the town where he excelled during his college days. There's not a massive amount of competition for carries, either, though a much younger Kenyan Drake would likely be the front-runner. Adding a future Hall of Famer like Gore could help solidify the position, and allow the Dolphins to address other needs during the upcoming draft.
Gore is nearing an agreement with the Lions, Mike Jones of USA Today reports. Gore will celebrate his 35th birthday in May, but he still seemed to have something left in Indianapolis, where he landed between 961 and 1,025 rushing yards the past three seasons while mostly playing behind sub-par offensive lines. He'd be part of a committee in Detroit, joining Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah and Tion Green in a backfield that's long been the weak spot of an otherwise solid offense. Gore would have a tough time matching his customary workload in the range of 260 carries per season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|4||09/30||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||24||18.50|
|10||11/11||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|14||12/09||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
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