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.
Per Reich, Ballard expressed a desire to go in a different direction and get younger at running back, leaving no room in the team's plans for Gore, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 14. Though Gore has shown remarkable durability while having not missed a game over the past seven seasons, his effectiveness waned during his three-year run in Indianapolis. While shoddy offensive line play didn't help his cause, Gore still failed to crack four yards per carry in any of this three seasons and offers little dynamism in the passing game at this stage of his career. Gore, who will turn 35 years old in May, hasn't indicated that he plans to retire, but given his age and lack of versatility, there may not be much of a market for his services as he heads into free agency.
He has 14,026 yards rushing in his career. Gore says he plans to play in 2018, but it seems unlikely he'll return to Indianapolis with a rebuilding team. Gore finishes the season with 961 yards rushing and four total touchdowns, but just 3.7 yards per carry.
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||312||1695||5.4||72||8||15||68|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||260||1102||4.2||43||5||5||42|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||240||1036||4.3||41||6||8||44|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||229||1120||4.9||80||10||11||47|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||11||203||853||4.2||64||3||6||42|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||282||1211||4.3||55||8||11||53|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||258||1214||4.7||37||8||7||67|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||276||1128||4.1||51||9||9||55|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||255||1106||4.3||52||4||5||53|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||15||131||8.7||47||0||2||1||4|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||61||485||8.0||39||1||4||0||20|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||15||53||436||8.2||23||1||6||0||20|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||43||373||8.7||26||2||4||0||15|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||14||52||406||7.8||48||3||3||1||13|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||11||46||452||9.8||41||2||6||1||16|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||15||17||114||6.7||13||0||0||0||5|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||28||234||8.4||26||1||1||0||10|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||16||141||8.8||29||0||1||0||5|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||11||111||10.1||55||1||1||1||2|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||16||6||5||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||15||4||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||14||6||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||14||4||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||11||4||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||1||0||4||0||15||4||1|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|