Frank Gore just wont retire. His newest adventure brings him to the New York Jets, where he will enter his 16th season in the NFL.
Gore, who will be turning a ripe 37 in the coming days was signed by the Jets officially May 5th, 2020, per the Jets Free Agency Tracker. The signing adds the future Hall-of-Famer into a crowded running backs room ahead of the ’20-’21 season.
Jets Current RB Roster
- Josh Adams
- Le’Veon Bell
- Trenton Cannon
- Kenneth Dixon
- Frank Gore
- La’Mical Perine (Draft pick)
- Bilal Powell (UFA)
It’s a packed room. So with such depth at the position, what can the arrival of Gore mean for Gang Green?
Don’t expect Gore to replace RB1 Le’Veon Bell. But Gore provides a proven, successful, hardnosed backup to lessen the workload. The signing also brings a veteran figure into the locker room. His presence will lend itself to mentor Bell, as well as incoming talent La’Mical Perrine, who was drafted by New York 120th overall.
Gore has been described as a “glue guy”. He isn’t showing up to Atlantic Health or MetLife to be the star of the show. But the teams he’s played on all attest to him being a true leader, and a locker room guy for other plays to look and rely on. As deep into his career as Bell is, Gore can still be the mentor and big brother needed for the Jets.
The roster is very young, and having an increasing veteran presence, regardless of position will never hurt. Younger players need experienced, successful older talent to guide the team. With fan turmoil around head coach Adam Gase, Gore can help bring the locker room together considering he already had a stint with Gase back in Miami.
Gore’s arrival all but confirms the departure of tenured Jet Bilal Powell. Powell has been a quality backup for the Jets. But, his time is winding down since being a selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Between the signing of Gore, and the drafting of Perrine, it appears the Jets do not intend to resign Powell, who is currently in NFL Limbo as an unrestricted free agent.
The signing also adds pressure to Trenton Cannon, a predominately special teams player after being selected late in the 2018 Draft. Josh Adams is also on the chopping block for the final 53-man roster. After coming from Philadelphia, Adams recorded 8 carries for 12 yards in 3 games. Unless he can make meaningful contributions during the limited training camp time, it puts him in the same boat as Kenneth Dixon who took zero snaps at running back for the Jets. Prepare for at least two of these three players to be looking for employment elsewhere before the season starts.