Even though plenty of NFL teams are seeking running back help, 49ers legend Frank Gore doesn’t appear to be garnering any interest. He’s not alone.
Count the San Francisco 49ers as one of the numerous teams across the NFL who could be in the market for some running back help early this season.
This, after losing starting running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending knee injury in Week 1.
Yet while there may be those wondering if an inevitable reunion with eventual Hall of Fame veteran running back Frank Gore would be in the cards, it certainly doesn’t appear as if the Niners will be entertaining the thought of a reunion with the franchise’s leading rusher and the player who currently sits at No. 3 all time in total rushing yards with 16,000.
Gore spent last season with the New York Jets, his 16th season in what’s been one of the lengthiest careers of all time for a player at his position.
Unfortunately, it just doesn’t appear as if there’s any interest in the 38-year-old Gore whatsoever. Not from San Francisco. And not even from other running back-needy teams who’ve dealt with injuries, such as the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams.
Could 49ers legend Frank Gore be watching his NFL career come to a close?
Gore has insisted he’ll retire with the 49ers once that point comes to a head. But it hasn’t yet. He remains a free agent.
Unfortunately, it seems as if the Niners and the rest of the NFL have essentially tried to make the decision for Gore. Many of those teams, such as San Francisco claiming former Ravens running back Trenton Cannon off waivers and the Rams trading for running back Sony Michel, are going with the youth movement.
In both the 49ers and Rams’ cases, it makes sense. Gore was long tallied as a power-run back, not the ideal fit for both San Francisco and Los Angeles’ zone-style get-to-the-outside kind of schemes.
Gore isn’t alone either.
Former Minnesota Vikings legendary tailback, Adrian Peterson, also remains a future Hall of Famer who’s unsigned and likely en route towards being pushed out of the league and not by his own choice.
Yes, it’s looking like the rest of the NFL has made Peterson’s decision for him, too.
If there’s any solace, though, it sure seems likely Peterson and Gore will return home to sign one-day contracts with their respective teams, officially retiring with them.
Even though the rest of the league essentially made it the only remaining option available.