Gore, who turns 37 next Thursday, will join a Jets backfield which also includes The Veon Bell and fourth round pick La’Mical Perine. Gore is third on the NFL career rush list with 15,269 yards.
The Jets had not yet announced the signing on Tuesday, but he reunites Gore with coach Adam Gase, for whom he played in Miami in 2018. The two were also together in San Francisco in 2008, when Gase was an offensive assistant .
ESPN first reported the agreement between the Jets and Gore, which only drags Emmitt Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726) in rushing yards.
Gore spent last season with Buffalo, where he ran for a career record of 599 yards in 16 games while sharing the backfield with rookie Devin Singletary. The veteran had two touchdown passes and also caught 13 passes for 100 yards.
He spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL with San Francisco after being selected for the University of Miami’s third round in 2005. Gore then played three seasons with Indianapolis before playing a year each for Miami and Buffalo.
During Gore’s last stop in AFC East – he’s not in New England anymore – he could help keep Bell cool while mentoring Perine. The Jets also Josh Adams, Trenton Cannon, Kenneth Dixon and Jalin Moore on the list.
Gase praised Gore’s professionalism and ability to play at a high level last season despite the fact that most NFL players – not to mention the back half – have long since retired.
“It’s incredible,” said Gase last September before the season opened in New York against Buffalo. “If you watched him work day after day, it wouldn’t surprise you. We always said, “Hey, we think you should take off today,” and he says, “Wednesdays, I’m training,” And he wants every rep. You’re in the middle of it and it’s going like it’s Sunday. It’s just what it looks like.
“This is how it has always been. He likes football. There is no other place where it would be rather than the training ground one day. Everything about football, he likes. “