Erase Damien Williams. Add Frank Gore.
The Dolphins’ running back corps underwent swift change inside of a couple of hours Thursday as Williams agreed to join the Kansas City Chiefs and Gore decided to return home and join the Dolphins, a league source confirmed.
Gore soon will turn 35, long after most running backs have no legs left, but as South Floridians know, Gore isn’t any running back.
Originally from Coral Gables High and the University of Miami, he went on to have a Pro Bowl career with the San Francisco 49ers, who made him their third-round pick in 2005.
Gore has spent the past three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, never failing to rush for at least 950 yards despite playing behind a suspect offensive line and often without the benefit of quarterback Andrew Luck to keep defenses honest.
Last season, Gore ran 261 times for 961 yards (a 3.7 average), with three touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 245 yards and a TD.
At one point last week, Gore was thought to be nearing an agreement to join the Detroit Lions.
Gore is expected to be a change-of-pace power back to support Kenyan Drake on the Dolphins.
Gore is one of the most accomplished running backs in NFL history and fifth on the all-time rushing list at 14,026 yards. He could surpass No. 4 Curtis Martin (14,101) this season and is about 1,200 yards behind Barry Sanders for third.
He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with San Francisco, last making the game in 2013, and has topped 1,000 yards in nine of his 13 seasons.
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