Per Mike Jones of USA Today, the Detroit Lions and 34-year old running back, Frank Gore are “close” to reaching a deal.
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
As usual in the free agency frenzy, there are some conflicting reports. Gore has yet to officially meet with the team, but that doesn’t mean that discussions couldn’t have already been taking place.
On Frank Gore and the Lions … his visit hasn't started yet in Detroit. Doesn't mean something won't happen, but that's where things stand right now.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 15, 2018
Lions visiting with four veteran RBs this week — two down, two to go. Frank Gore will visit Thursday, LeGarrette Blount on Friday, per source. DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart already visited. Lions going through process with each.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
No matter the case, it looks as if an agreement could be on the horizon.
The 14-year veteran hasn’t missed a game since 2010. Considering how rare longevity is in the NFL for a running back, Gore has amassed a Hall of Fame career and over 14,000 career yards.
Gore is not what he used to be but still has been able to produce behind sub-par offensive lines in recent years. Despite tying a career low in yards per attempt (3.7) last season, he still might be able to help out in short yardage situations and mentoring the inevitable rookie back that the Lions will select in the upcoming draft.