The marathon continues. San Francisco 49ers all-time leading rusher Frank Gore signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets Tuesday morning. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport called Gore a “potential” Hall of Famer. Entering his 16th year, Gore has an NFL record of 15 straight seasons with over 500 rushing yards and 125+ rushing attempts. Gore needs 1,380 yards to move into second all-time on the NFL’s rushing list. The only reason Gore won’t make the Hall of Fame will be because he never stops playing. You always think Gore’s time is up, then you look up in December, and he’s on the field. Coaches love him because Gore can be trusted.
Gore’s son will be a freshman in college at Southern Mississippi this season. Can Frank Sr. play three more seasons until his son is eligible for the NFL Draft? I wouldn’t bet against him.
San Francisco plays the Jets this year on the road. We’ll find out Thursday when the schedule is released what part of the season the two teams will play. We’ve seen reports that the schedule will resemble college sports where all of your divisional/conference games are played last. Peter King thinks the 49ers may have to play an imbalanced schedule if Levi’s Stadium can’t host NFL games: “Could the 49ers at some point have to play games somewhere else? Could the 49ers play an imbalanced schedule, with more games on the road than at home? Think about how the sports landscape has changed in the last six weeks before you say, Absolutely not!”
By all accounts, the NFL plans to start training camp on time in July. King added You have to consider that by August—when preparing for a full season would have to begin—that all rules for human contact and the gathering of even small crowds could still be different in some of the 50 states.” California is reopening some businesses like retail as soon as Friday, but the restrictions in the Bay Area still apply.