This post was written by Matt Hamm
It’s no secret Frank Gore isn’t happy with his contract situation. Gore, who is entering the final season of his contract, will be paid about $5 million for his services this season and unless he receives a contract extension will enter free agency next off-season. Gore is 3rd on the 49ers all-time rushing list needing just 935 yards to become the all-time leader and has been the workhorse of the 49ers offense since 2006. It’s not a question of whether or not Gore deserves to get paid and his accomplishments thus far in his career cannot be questioned by anyone. Extending Gore should be automatic right? Wrong, the 49ers face a very tough decision when it comes to Frank Gore’s next contract
The fact is Gore is a 28 year old RB coming off a hip injury that hasn’t played a full 16 game schedule since 2006 his 2nd year in the league. Frank has made his frustrations known, beginning with is brief 4 day holdout from training camp and recent comments to the media.
Gore insists he will play out the season, do right by his teammates and if he has to enter free agency next season he will test the market. Gore wants to be a 49er for life and you’ve got to believe the 49ers would like to see that happen also. Still there is no way the team will give him DeAngelo Williams money which is reportedly what Gore is seeking. It would be wise for the team to wait and make sure Gore, at 28 years old, is still the same Frank Gore he has always been before rewarding him with a lucrative contract extension. Finding the right numbers in terms of contract length and money will be a delicate task for the 49ers, and Gore’s representatives will have to balance what Frank has already accomplished as a 49er and what he still has left in the tank.