How Frank Gore will impact the Buffalo Bills


On Monday, it was announced by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Bills agreed with Frank Gore on a one-year, $2 million deal. The deal cannot become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.

As some can imagine, many Bills fans were not happy about the move.

Based on the comments about the signing, many see Gore’s age (will turn 36 in May) and believe he is washed up. As last season showed, though, Gore still has a lot to offer a team.


In his only season with the Dolphins, Gore was headed for a 900-plus yard season before tragedy struck. Gore suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Dolphins’ Week 15 loss to the Vikings. Despite that, Gore still rushed for 722 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry while splitting time with Kenyan Drake.

Although Gore is already a future Hall of Famer, he wants to continue playing, and you can see it on the field.

“I’m still year-to-year,” Gore said last November. “I’m going to really take a look at me after the season. Hopefully, I can try to finish strong and do whatever it takes to help my team be successful and also have individual success. I’m going to just evaluate myself and my body and see if I really want to do it again this offseason. I take it one year at a time.”

Those same fans that turned up their nose at signing Gore should remember he performed better than LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 514 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games.

In his 14th season in the league, Gore graded out as the 11th-best running back in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, with an 81.4 grade. His decisive, downhill nature and thick frame allowed him to break 23 tackles, six more than both McCoy and Chris Ivory.

Gore is also just 521 ground yards away from passing Barry Sanders for third all-time on the career rushing list. Considering Gore has never rushed for anything less than 608 yards in any season, there’s a legitimate chance Gore passes Sanders in 2019.

And not only are the Bills getting a more-than-capable running back out of the backfield, but they’re also getting a reliable pass catcher. Yes, Gore only caught 12 passes last season, but he averaged 10.3 yards per reception, and 66.7% of those receptions were converted into first downs.

The Bills are not asking Gore to carry the ball 300-plus times this season. They’re asking him to be a complement to McCoy, who is on the wrong side of 30 himself.

Despite signing Gore, expect the Bills to select a running back at some point during this year’s draft. Having veterans like Gore and McCoy in the locker room is never a bad thing.

And speaking of Gore inside the locker room, he has been through every situation during his long and illustrious career, so his even temperament should rub off on many young players, including Bills quarterback Josh Allen.