Unbreakable 13-year veteran running back Frank Gore is about to hit free agency this offseason as he winds down a Hall of Fame career. The 14,000-yard rusher will garner his share of attention, but reports suggest that Gore isn't just hunting for stats or dollars; it's got to be the right environment. With that in mind, here are five teams that should state their best case to Gore in hopes of securing his signature.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
With the Le'Veon Bell drama rolling on following the application of another franchise tag, the Steelers' running back situation is anything but settled. If Bell can work out an extension, Gore would serve as the perfect change of pace back. If Bell becomes disgruntled, Gore coukd take on an even bigger role in the Steel City's quest for yet another ring.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Ever since Beast Mode left Seattle, the once-stout running game has been pedestrian at best. From Eddie Lacy to Mike Davis to C.J. Prosise to Thomas Rawls, no one has proven to have the talent to make big things happen for Seahawks. After watching the five-time Pro Bowler destroy opponents for years, Seattle could look to Gore to finally give them a steady presence on the ground again.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Similarly to Seattle Seattle, Baltimore has been struggling to find consistent play from their rushing attack since Ray Rice's 2012 campaign. Justin Forsett had a decent run with the team, and now Alex Collins is hoping to be the long term answer, though some doubts still remain there. Gore would be a perfect veteran complement to Collins as the 23-year-old hopes to blossom into a star. Additionally, Gore could reunite with assistant head coach Greg Roman, who was the offensive coordinator for San Francisco from 2011-2014, the best years of Gore's career.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Who says you can't go home? A reunion with his former team makes a lot of sense for Gore. Aside from the sentimental allure of finishing his career back where he spent his first 10 years, the 49ers are a great fit for him in a practical sense. Whether or not Carlos Hyde plays there next year, Gore would have himself a fine time playing alongside Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018.
1. Carolina Panthers
With Jonathan Stewart finally leaving the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton's crew is in need of a new way forward in support of breakout backfield sensation Christian McCaffrey. This would make a lot of sense for Gore, as he'd join a roster already talented enogh to compete for NFC glory. With one of the better offensive lines in football, the veteran would have an easy enough job navigating through holes (so long as they re-sign First Team All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell). If Carolina pairs Gore with a top wide receiver acquisition, Carolina could have one of the scariest offenses in the league.