Frank Gore is officially retiring from the NFL.
Gore broke the news in a live stream with Bovada. The 38-year-old running back was out of the league last year despite showing he could still play with the Jets in 2020, and he’s officially going to call it a career and plans to sign a one-day contract with the 49ers at some point in the next few months. Gore’s tremendous 16-year career ends with 3,735 carries for 16,000 rushing yards and 81 rushing touchdowns along with 484 receptions for 3,985 receiving yards and 18 receiving touchdowns. He played ten seasons with the 49ers before three with the Colts, one with the Dolphins, one with the Bills, and one with the Jets. Gore’s 16,000 career rushing yards are third in NFL history, behind only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. There was, stupidly, some debate as to whether Gore should be a Hall of Fame a few years ago, but there is zero doubt that the reliable runner should and will be enshrined in Canton. Gore was also a class act and stayed out of trouble throughout his lengthy run in the NFL, and he was known as a great leader in the locker room. We wish him luck as he continues with life after football.
The Patriots are acquiring DeVante Parker.
Parker had been known as a player that was available for trade, but it’s surprising that Miami is dealing him within the division to New England. According to multiple reports, the Patriots are sending a 2023 third-round pick to the Dolphins for Parker and a 2022 fifth-rounder. Parker will give the Patriots some added size on the outside, and the team suddenly has a very deep receiving group, so we’ll see if more moves are made there at some point. The former first-round pick Parker just turned 29 earlier this year, and he has a 1,200-yard season under his belt from 2019.
Marlon Mack is signing with the Texans.
Mack is heading from Indy to Houston, and he will have a great opportunity to carve out a role if the team doesn’t spend an early pick on a running back. The veteran is still young having just turned 26 in early March.
The Buccaneers are re-signing Giovani Bernard.
With Tom Brady back after a brief retirement, this obviously makes a ton of sense. Bernard will be a reliable receiving option out of the backfield for Tampa Bay, sharing the backfield with Leonard Fournette and Ke’Shawn Vaughn in 2022.
The Raiders are signing Nick Mullens.
Las Vegas also signed Garrett Gilbert this offseason, but we would expect Mullens might have the edge for the No. 2 job behind Derek Carr. Remember, Mullens made his lone start last season against the Raiders in what turned out to be a very close 16-14 loss for the Browns.
The 49ers re-signed Jeff Wilson Jr.
This is not a surprise, as Wilson is another year removed from his knee injury and is comfortable in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. The veteran running back will be strong depth behind starter Elijah Mitchell in 2022.
The Saints are signing Andy Dalton.
With Taysom Hill moving to tight end full-time, Dalton joins the Saints as a strong backup quarterback option behind starter Jameis Winston. New Orleans can feel confident in the veteran Dalton stepping in and running the offense if called upon.