— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) December 16, 2021
Back in 2015, during Chip Kelly’s final season as head coach in Philadelphia, star running back Frank Gore agreed to sign a deal with the Eagles that included $7.5 million guaranteed in the first two years.
Free agent shocker: Frank Gore reconsiders potential/pending deal with the #Eagles, I’m told.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2015
The deal was supposed to essentially be a slam dunk for Philadelphia, but the future Hall of Famer backed out of his agreement and eventually signed with the Colts.
Gore is now boxing and as he prepares for a matchup against former NBA point guard Deron Williams, the running back spoke with the Associated Press’s Rob Maaddi and gave some insight into why he backed out on his deal.
Taking into consideration a trade of their quarterback and some roster purging, Gore told Maaddi that he signed on to play with Nick Foles and once that didn’t happen, everything else became something of a domino effect.
“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.