Back where it all began: Frank Gore heads home to sign with Miami Dolphins

Gore will play 14th and likely final season of Hall of Fame career close to home

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Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) gains yards during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Gore is going back where it all began.

The 34-year-old, who ranks fifth on the NFL's all-time rushing list, will sign a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, Sirius XM's Craig Mish first reported Thursday.

Gore, a Coral Gables native who starred at the University of Miami, needs only 76 more yards to surpass Hall of Famer Curtis Martin and move into fourth place in the rushing record book.

The former 49er and Colt is one of the game's more universally respected players and his fit in the Miami locker room, whose culture Adam Gase has attempted to clean up with some high-profile ousters, should be excellent. He'll also fit well on the field, where he can complement game-breaking third-year runner Kenyan Drake.

We haven't held back in sharing our confusion regarding the Dolphins' plan this offseason, which seemingly has eschewed rebuilding for adding aging vets that appear to be on the back nine of their careers. Although that aptly describes Gore, we can't knock this move.

A future Hall of Famer gets the chance to finish his career in his hometown and bring his consummate professionalism to a team that Gase has candidly conceded needs more of it. And the Dolphins had to have a back whom they can trust to protect the quarterback and be available every Sunday — Gore remains one of the NFL's better blocking backs and hasn't missed a start, never mind a game, since 2011.

We'd imagine Gore could be hard pressed to reach the 250-carry minimum he's received in seven consecutive seasons, as Drake absolutely proved down the stretch last season that he deserves a major role. But this move is seemingly about making Gore as comfortable as possible to wrap up his sensational career. It's a shame it likely won't happen with a contender. Beyond that, we can't find a lot to not like about this move.

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