Running back Frank Gore has played his entire 10-season NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and is the franchise's all-time rushing leader, but he might have already played his final game in the Bay Area. The 31-year-old is set to hit free agency in less than a month and reportedly is not expected to return to the 49ers.
Per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, Gore's most likely destination is the Indianapolis Colts, who need a power running back and strong ground game to complement the team's prolific aerial attack led by Andrew Luck. According to Miller, "Chuck Pagano wants Frank Gore; Rob Chudzinski -- who has a Miami connection to Frank Gore -- also wants him." Miller also listed Washington and the Miami Dolphins as other possible landing spots.
The Colts last season ranked 22nd in rushing yards per game and 25th in yards per rush, and haven't produced a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007. In fact, the last time they even ranked in the top half of the league in rushing was 2005 (16th) and they haven't been in the top-10 since 2001 (seventh).
The only times that Gore has failed to produce a 1,000-yard rushing season are his rookie year and 2010, when he missed the final five games due to a hip injury. Gore ranked ninth in rushing yards (1,106) and eighth in carries (255) in the NFL this past season, and added 111 receiving yards on 11 catches.
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Bills cut Rivers
The Buffalo Bills released linebacker Keith Rivers on Wednesday after he spent just one season in Buffalo. By cutting the seven-year veteran, the Bills will save $1.7 million against the cap. This was hardly a surprising move for Rivers, who started just three games and basically disappeared from the Bills linebacker rotation in the final two months of the season. He played 192 defensive snaps in 2014, but just 33 of those came after Week 6. Rivers finished the year with 16 tackles and zero sacks in 12 games.
Rivers, a first-round pick out of USC in 2008, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was then traded to the New York Giants, and spent two years there (2012-13) before joining the Bills last March.
Gholston gets tryout with Washington
Former New York Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston, who hasn't played in the league since 2010, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he received a tryout invitation with Washington. Selected sixth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jets, Gholston is considered one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. He totaled 25 tackles while starting just five games in three seasons with New York, and has never recorded a sack in his NFL career.
Draft and Combine
Williams' agent has six meetings set at combine
Veteran wide receiver Mike Williams, who was released by the Bills in December, reportedly is shopping his services to teams around the league. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Williams' agent has six meetings set up at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week.
Once considered one of the league's best young wide receivers, Williams is trying to get his career back on track. The 27-year-old has just 30 catches for 358 yards in 15 games over the past two years, after averaging 910 receiving yards and 64 receptions during his first three NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.