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Report: Frank Gore arrives in Detroit, may be close to a deal with Lions

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The Detroit Lions have apparently found the veteran running back they were looking for.

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The search for a veteran running back may finally be over for the Detroit Lions. Mike Jones of USA Today is reporting that the Lions are close to signing 34-year-old Frank Gore to a deal:

Though according to other sources, things haven’t progressed quite as far. Gore has told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has indeed arrived in Detroit on Wednesday night, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that a meeting between the two has yet to happen:

Either way, it seems like there is serious mutual interest between Gore and the Lions. Detroit has a serious need for a proven veteran back, and you don’t get more proven than Gore. The five-time Pro Bowler has not only been extremely durable in his 13-year career, but he has rushed for over 800 yards in every single season since 2006.

For a team that is expected to add another running back in this year’s NFL Draft, adding a veteran like Gore makes sense for the Lions. He’s capable of doing just about everything you could ask in a running back, and having that kind of player in the locker room aside a rookie could prove invaluable.

We’ll see if the Lions make a move on Gore during his time in Detroit.

UPDATE: The Lions have apparently scheduled a visit with former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount: