This was likely not how Frank Gore expected his first — and possibly, only — season with the New York Jets to go.
Gore, the immortal running back, might want to follow in former teammate Le’Veon Bell’s footsteps and escape New York as quickly as he can. The Jets are in a freefall, head coach Adam Gase could be fired soon, and Gore isn’t happy.
Whether Gore asks for his release or the New York Jets approach him about moving on, the two sides need to work toward a divorce.
Frank Gore is still going strong at age 37
Even at age 37, Frank Gore is still going strong in his 16th NFL season.
Gore picked up 250 yards on 3.3 yards per carry in his first six games this year, all of which ended in Jets losses. Originally expected to be the second part of a 1-2 punch with Le’Veon Bell, Gore has instead started five of the Jets’ six games.
Through Week 6 of the 2020 season, Gore has picked up 15,597 yards and 69 touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry in 232 career games. His son, Frank Gore Jr., is a true freshman running back at Southern Miss.
The younger Gore totaled 208 rushing yards and a touchdown on 4.5 yards per carry in his first three games. Southern Miss has had numerous games affected by COVID-19 issues in recent weeks.
Gore is tolling away on a horrible Jets team
The New York Jets are a disaster, and one couldn’t fault Frank Gore if he wanted out.
New York has lost five of its six games by double-digits this season. Teams outscored the Jets 185-75 in those six games, and the most recent loss, a 24-0 road loss at Miami, was possibly the lowest point.
Gore ran for 46 yards on 11 carries and turned four catches into 24 yards in the loss.
According to The Spun, the soft-spoken Gore didn’t mince words when speaking with reporters after the Jets’ sixth straight loss.
“(We) can’t f–king wait till the fourth quarter to start playing ball, man.”
New York hosts Josh Allen and the Bills in Week 7. Buffalo handled the Jets with ease in a 27-17 victory in Week 1.
Frank Gore and the Jets need an instant divorce
The New York Jets cannot end this season with Frank Gore in the green and black.
That is nothing against Gore, who is playing his heart out on the NFL’s worst teams. At this stage in his career, Gore deserves to be on a team with realistic chances to make the postseason and, potentially, even win the Super Bowl.
Whether the Jets release Gore or trade him for a conditional seventh-round pick, the team needs to do right by the five-time Pro Bowl running back.
Buffalo and Miami each showed interest in signing Le’Veon Bell after the Jets cut him. Gore spent last year with the Bills and played for Miami in 2018.
Buffalo makes more sense than Miami right now. Gore mentored Devin Singletary last year and could do the same with rookie Zack Moss.
Gore is a veteran willing to tough it out and do what is right for the team. However, Gore is also entitled to his own personal success, and leaving the Jets if he has a realistic chance of winning elsewhere is a move both sides need to consider.