Would the Jacksonville Jaguars sign free agent running back to add depth to a unit that finished in the middle of the pack in the NFL last season?
Frank Gore is looking for a new team to call home this coming NFL season. The Jacksonville Jaguars might be looking for running back depth on their roster. In some telepathic way, I am praying for this to become a thing in 2020.
Gore, the NFL’s third all-time leading rusher, could be a nice transition from the multi-purpose threat of Leonard Fournette and the between the tackles approach of second-year player Ryquell Armstead. While stats might reflect that the 36-year-old star, and future Hall of Famer, is slowing down, that doesn’t mean the former University of Miami great wants to hang up his cleats any time soon.
“Turning 37 years old in May, Gore rushed for 599 yards and two touchdowns on 166 carries in 16 games with the Buffalo Bills in 2019, adding eight carries for 22 yards in the playoffs,” writes Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
“Gore wants to continue playing until the wheels fall off. While they’re getting creakier with age, the running back can be a complementary back in the right setting. As a trusty veteran who garners respect from veterans to rookies and is beloved by coaching staffs, Gore could be of use showing youngsters the ropes in the NFL for a team with a young stable of backs.”
His vast knowledge of his career in the NFL might be just what Fournette needs to have an even bigger impact on the team in 2020. This coming season is the final year of the former LSU star’s rookie deal. The Jaguars are on record stating they will address whether to pick up his fifth-year option at a later date.
The front office is focused on free agency and the NFL Draft at the moment. Looking at the roster, besides Fournette, no one stands out and concerns run defenses. Gore still has some spring in his step. For those of you interested, he would still need more than 1,300 yards to move past Walter Payton on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
The addition of Gore may also help the Jaguars as Fournette stayed healthy last season up until Week 17 of the season. There could still be concerns about durability, although the 2017 first-round draft pick showed could be the focal point of the Jaguars offensive attack with 1,152 yards rushing and 76 pass receptions in 2019.
“As with most aging players, especially running backs, Gore’s ability to continue his career will largely depend on fit rather than monetary compensation,” Patra writes. “He might have to wait until closer to the start of the season to find that potential landing spot.”
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