Bills unsure if they’ll bring Frank Gore back

Getty Images

Frank Gore said after the Bills’ playoff loss that he’s unsure whether he wants to play in 2020. If he does decide to play, he may need to go elsewhere.

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said Gore has to decide whether he wants to keep playing, and then the Bills have to decide whether they’d have room for him in their backfield.

“To where he goes next, I’m not sure,” Beane said. “At the end of the year, a guy at his age—It was super awesome to watch him climb into third in the rushing stats. But we’ll let him decide what he’s going to do and we’ll self-inventory ourselves and make a decision. But nothing has been determined from him, whether he wants to continue playing. And then on the other end, whether we would have a spot for him back.”

Gore was not as effective as rookie Devin Singletary, and if he wants to keep playing at all, it’s likely as a backup. Gore doesn’t play special teams, which is usually expected of a backup running back, and he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry in 2019. Gore will turn 37 in May, and the running back who seemed ageless may finally be ready to hang up the cleats.

45 responses to “Bills unsure if they’ll bring Frank Gore back

  1. Frank Gore is one of the greatest of all time and has been a great mentor for Singletary. Right now he’s getting the Bills 1-2 yards on 2nd and 10. If Frank Retires, he’ll be in Canton on the First ballot. Congratulations on a great career, Frank.

    Go Bills!

  2. Solid back who had a great career. But he has hit that wall.
    Gonna be hard to keep a roster spot for a guy like that who doesn’t play special teams.

  3. You had a great run in the NFL! I highly doubt we will see career rushing totals that high ever again, so his durability is to be commended.

  4. I can see him playing one more season as a backup, but as a goal line back where you need one or two tough yards. The Bills O-line was decent this season, but not good enough vs the run. Gore had a few dominant games, but for the most part played backup to Singletary. If Gore comes back it will be to continue to mentor DS.

  5. I have respect for the player but man he was brutal down the stretch. Did not understand Dabolls obsession with this guy in key situations when Singletary was ripping over 5 yards a carry.

  6. It’s hard to find reasons for Gore to keep sticking around, based off this last season solely, he should retire because while his decline has been gradual, this year it really looked like it hit him.

    He should very happy for himself however, almost no running backs today make it to 37. Some barely make it past 30. On top of that, everywhere he goes he has been a positive locker room influence and the younger generations seem to connect with him well, which you can’t really price on.

    Regardless if you believe he should be in canton or not, it would’ve been nice to see him pick up a ring at some point in his career, and I don’t think that happens next year in Buffalo.

    Enjoy retirement, he deserves to live a healthy remaining life.

  7. Frank is a great player and person – No doubt. But it was pretty clear during the second half of the season his contribution was minimal at best and a hindrance at worst. Christian Wade would be a great replacement for the 2nd RB. He’s explosive and is no stranger to contact being in rugby for years. Singletary / Wade. That’s not a combo any defense would like to face.

  8. There were far too many games where he was completely ineffective. He has had a great career, and he should easily make it into the HOF, but it’s time for him to retire. The Bills need someone who can be more productive as a complement to Singletary.

  9. Most of his value the last few years has been as a leader, not necessarily a player. When you have a horse like Singletary, he needs to be on the field every play.

  10. Rookie Devin Singletary is the future. Gore would be the clear backup if he returns. He’s not going to overtake Walter Payton, and his injury risk increases. Seems like an easy decision, for a guy with nothing left to prove.

    Enjoy the gold jacket in 5 years.

  11. If he does not hurt them on cap space he should be brought back to hold Singletary’s hand. Singletary is a big time player, Gore provides an experience/mentoring factor that teams desire from the best of running back coaches regardless if he plays one down off season. Keep him around, if he is willing, pay him as you would a position coach, again if he is willing. This could be win/win, if he desires to still wear a helmet, and don’t evaluate him on hoped for contributions in week one, it would be later part of the season that Gore would provide on the field value as opponents have worn down.

  12. His second half of season contributions would have been better had they kept him fresh. He doesn’t need exhibition football, he could stay fresh first half if Singletary and others are healthy. This was unfortunately not the case in 2019 as unfortunately Singletary had some injury issues and Gore was needed.

  13. My most fond Frank Gore memory was seeing the Niners play the Seahawks at Candlestick back in 2013 I believe. May have been 2012. Anyway, he broke off an almost 50 yard run late in the game to put the Niners in position for the game winning field goal which they made. I was also at the game against the cowboys at AT&T stadium when he eclipsed 10,000 yards rushing. Got a plaque on the wall in the living room commemorating it. The guy is a legend at running back and it was a pleasure watching him play.

  14. sammievee says:
    January 9, 2020 at 8:57 am
    If he does not hurt them on cap space he should be brought back to hold Singletary’s hand. Singletary is a big time player, Gore provides an experience/mentoring factor that teams desire from the best of running back coaches regardless if he plays one down off season. Keep him around, if he is willing, pay him as you would a position coach, again if he is willing. This could be win/win, if he desires to still wear a helmet, and don’t evaluate him on hoped for contributions in week one, it would be later part of the season that Gore would provide on the field value as opponents have worn down.
    —————————————————————————————
    There’s a name for that – running backs coach. And, a running back coach doesn’t take a roster spot or count against the salary cap.

  15. I think he’ll know better than anyone exactly what his body can do and what it can handle. That being said, the Bills were not a prolific offense. I can see him backing up in a team like the Ravens, or a team that spreads it out more and is more unpredictable, like a New Orleans.

  16. I think by the middle of the season we saw the decline of Frank. First Ballot Hall of Famer but this season for him looked like Thurman’s in Miami….

  17. Sorry Frank, it’s time to go. The Bills should not have a roster spot for him. The Bills cut his playing time as the season went on, but he was still getting too many snaps at the end of the year, including in the playoff game, which helped sink them. He had no business being on the field while TJ Yeldon was inactive, but his status as a veteran and all-time type player probably forced the Bills hand, to their own detriment. If the Bills plan to contend, they need to commit to the best players they can – that ain’t Gore.

  18. finfanjim says:
    January 9, 2020 at 9:51 am
    I think he’ll know better than anyone exactly what his body can do and what it can handle. That being said, the Bills were not a prolific offense. I can see him backing up in a team like the Ravens, or a team that spreads it out more and is more unpredictable, like a New Orleans.

    ———-

    Frank Gore is the antithesis of “a team that spreads it out more and is more unpredictable.” He can only do one thing – run up the gut.

  19. Ironman wishes he was Frank Gore. I wrote this guy 8 years ago for fantasy and continues to show up and produce. Father time is still chasing him, but Frank Gore is very sneaky.

  20. Easily one of my all-time favorite players. Dude was unltra productive on garbage SF teams and is still a viable back 7 years past when most teams are looking to replace their starter. So so much respect for Frank Gore. A HoF player and an even better person.

  21. The Bills drafted Willis McGahee in 2003 when he declared despite a bad knee injury that forced a redshirt rookie season. The story at the time was that Willis entered the draft because he was about to lose his job at “The U” to a promising freshman coming off his own knee injury, some kid named Gore.

    And now you know….the rest of the story.

  22. Singletary does deserve the job but Gore can still be the backup. Yes, he faltered down the stretch, but this is Gores first season with this offensive line in Buffalo. With another year and being fresher running behind Singletary, he can still help this team win, because Allen needs the running game to be affective.

  23. Great career, I’ll say he’s an eventual HoF, not first/second ballot but eventually, you don’t just to get to #3 on the rushing yards list for nothing.

    But yea he should retire now, while he’s healthy. He’s got his spot at #3, he definitely won’t get #2 in one season now, so he’s got nothing left to go for at this point, call it a career you had a great one Frank.

  24. Playing twice as long as your position contemporaries doesnt mean you are “great.”

  25. Great guy great career. Was the bane of the Seahawks for years, but I could never hate the guy. Guys like Antonio Brown get all the press while Frank quietly did his thing. The NFL will be a little worse off when he hangs up his cleats.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!