As we wrote Thursday morning, it was almost a perfect marriage. The Miami Dolphins are in need of a veteran running back presence and Frank Gore, who’s from Coral Gables, was in need of a home for at least 2018. And, the two agreed to a deal later in the day.
Craig Mish was the first with the news Thursday afternoon:
The Miami Dolphins have signed RB Frank Gore.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) March 22, 2018
Gore was told he would not be resigned by the Colts just before free agency began.
Gore made $3.5 million in the final year of his Indy deal, and clearly is in the final stage of his career. He has rushed for 14,000 yards in his career, but only 961 yards in 16 games last year with a 3.7 avg.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have been searching for a veteran presence, after trading Jay Ajayi during last season.
They basically had gone with second-year running back Kenyan Drake and veteran, but unproven, running back Damien Williams the second half of last season.
Miami allowed Williams to test free agency and he agreed Thursday to a one-year deal in Kansas City.
Chiefs sign Damien Williams https://t.co/myTgiuzStp
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 22, 2018
The Dolphins had also been talking with former Titans running back DeMarco Murray, having had him in the building on Monday. Obviously, the two sides couldn’t agree on price and number of years and Miami moved on.
That’s what presented for the opportunity to step in and get a deal for this season. He will bring invaluable experience and Leadership into Miami’s meeting room and for new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
This also allows the Dolphins the freedom and flexibility to take a running back in the second or third round of the draft, if they want. Then, that back will now not have pressure to play, immediately. Instead, he can learn the system and learn the professional work ethic from Gore.
This will be a popular move with South Florida sports fans as they remember or from his days as a Miami Hurricane and before that at Coral Gables High School.
Again at 34 years of age it’s unlikely that Gore would have a big season in 2018 anywhere, but at least in this situation he provides leadership and fills some needs in Miami, too.
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