Frank Gore Finally Clarifies Why He Backed Out of Contract with Eagles

The 2015 offseason was an eventful one that, for better or for worse, altered the Eagles franchise.

On March 3rd, one week before the official start of free agency and the new league year, it was reported that LeSean McCoy would be traded to the Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso. With a new need at the running back position, acting GM/HC Chip Kelly thought that Frank Gore would be the best replacement for McCoy. Gore agreed to come to Philadelphia on March 8th, but backed out soon afterwards without giving a reason publicly, until now.

Gore spoke with the Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press this week before his professional boxing debut. When asked about that decision, Gore confessed that Chip Kelly's other moves stopped him from completing his deal.

“Nick Foles called me, I committed to him and said I was going to come. He called me, said congrats, can’t wait to get on the field. And then the next day he gets traded. Then I see Jeremy Maclin, he goes to Kansas City. Then I’m like, ‘Man.’ “At the time, 10 years, 11,000 yards, I’m trying to win a championship. I got a taste of the Super Bowl with San Fran but we didn’t win, so I’m searching to go to a championship. I see Nick Foles get traded, I see Maclin go to Kansas City, and they already let DeSean Jackson go (to) Washington. I love the coach, that’s my dog Chip Kelly, we still talk. But I just felt like when I saw the pieces leaving, we couldn’t win a Super Bowl there. “So I saw the Colts, they were off the AFC Championship, I thought if I go to the Colts and I called Andre Johnson, I think we can get them over the top. That’s why I went to Indy.”

It turned out Gore was right about Nick Foles, but wrong about choosing Indianapolis over Philadelphia. Gore spent three seasons with the Colts, failing to reach the playoffs all three years. The Eagles ditched Kelly, brought Nick Foles back, and won the Super Bowl that Gore desperately wanted to add to his potential Hall of Fame career.

As for his boxing debut, Gore was tossed around like a rag doll by former NBA All-Star Deron Williams.

Gore did his best though and was not knocked out, but he lost a split decision.


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