On Tuesday Frank Gore signed a three-year, $21 million contract to remain with the 49ers. The deal has $13.5 million in guaranteed money and will likely mean Gore will retire as a Niner. Gore was seeking a contract similar to the one Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams received that had $21 million guaranteed. In case you forgot Williams suffered an injury of his own last season missing double the games Gore missed, ten. Williams is only 20 days older than Gore so I would guess he was seeking a similar amount of guaranteed money. The 49ers rightly would have rejected that number and only having to give up $13.5 million guaranteed through 2014 is fair deal for Gore and the 49ers.
Having Gore signed and fully focused on the field will help the rest of the team as he is one of the leaders on the team. Gore is going to carry the slack with Alex Smith at quarterback. The 49ers offense will have a decent passing game with Gore, Vernon Davis, Crabtree and Edwards, but the running load will once again be on Gore. With a new contract and his hip injury showing no signs of slowing him down during training and the preseason Gore is set for a huge season. Provided he does not get hurt and if the offensive line relearns how to block again.