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Frank Gore signs with Miami Dolphins [Update]

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It would be a fitting close to his career to return home.

Fooch’s update: Frank Gore is headed home, signing with the Miami Dolphins, per Craig Mish.

The Miami Dolphins are looking to add a veteran presence at running back, and it appears they are looking at an old friend. Former San Francisco 49ers, and former Miami Hurricanes running back Frank Gore is headed for a visit with the Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Aside from attending The U, Gore is a South Florida native who attended Coral Gables High School. He set numerous records there, and was set to make his name at Miami before knee injuries slowed him down. He ended up a third round pick of the 49ers, and the rest is history.

Gore was set to visit with the Detroit Lions, but early reports of a near deal jumped the gun. The Lions ended up signing LeGarrette Blount, and Gore has been left looking for another opportunity.

He likely would not be the lead back in Miami, where Kenyan Drake emerged as the starter following the Jay Ajayi trade. Drake finished the year with 644 yards, but averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He also had 32 receptions for 239 yards. He would likely be the lead back, but Gore would provide a strong complement, and would be a great mentor for the young back.

Gore heads into the 2018 season ranked No. 5 all time in rushing, 75 yards back of Curtis Martin for No. 4 all time. Gore also ranks No. 7 in yards from scrimmage, and is 492 back of Barry Sanders for No. 6 all time. It would be a fitting way to close out his career, heading home to South Florida.

Fooch’s update: It’s also worth noting his son, Frank Gore, Jr., is a standout high school running back in Miami. It’d be cool for him to get to watch his son play.