Yes, Frank Gore is 428 years old. But he also hasn’t missed more than two games in a year since 2010. Gore will grind out those inside yards that Seattle will need as under Waldron’s offense the Seahawks line will have wider space between the offensive linemen and therefore have the back try to gain yards between the tackles. Gore can still do this.
Gore is a running back that is going to play on downs one and two and isn’t explosive but Seattle doesn’t need him to be. Chris Carson can be that. So can Rashaad Penny if he actually plays. Heck, even DeeJay Dallas is more explosive than Frank Gore.
But a team can trust Gore. He has fumbled eight times in his last 1,141 touches or .07 percent of the time. Basically, Gore isn’t going to turn the ball over. Gore also has sure hands as a receiver catching 69.4 percent of his targets over his 16-year career. (Yes, 16 years.)
The only real drawback to signing Gore is his age and the chance a team takes on him getting hurt. But Gore is also some kind of freak human who doesn’t get hurt and if he does seems to be able to play through the pain. Between 2011 and 2017 Gore didn’t miss a game. In the last two years (his age 36 and 37 seasons), Gore has missed one game and started 22.
No, Frank Gore is not going to lead the league in rushing. But he is motivated to play. He currently ranks third all-time in career rushing yards at 16,000. With another couple of semi-productive years, he will be second all-time. Gore wants to get to second and the Seahawks can help him get there by signing him for this season.