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With Gore, Niners far apart, trade request could be next

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Running back Frank Gore’s decision to conduct only a short holdout doesn’t mean he has abandoned his hope for a new long-term deal.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gore wants DeAngelo Williams money.  And since Gore hasn’t gotten what he wants, he’s getting frustrated.

Currently, the two sides are far apart.  The situation has been described to PFT as “volatile,” and the next step could be a trade request.

Gore, 28, has gained more than 6,400 yards on the ground in six NFL seasons.  He has a career rushing average of 4.7 yards per carry.

He’s due to earn $4.9 million in 2011, the final year of his contract.

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58 Responses to “With Gore, Niners far apart, trade request could be next”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:00 PM

    Smart get your money b4 you turn 30!!!

  2. brasho says: Aug 21, 2011 3:02 PM

    Why doesn’t the idiot just wait til he hits free agency next season?

    He’s making nearly $5 mil just for this season…which I know is probably a bit of a pay cut since his days of playing at the U, but it’s hardly chump change.

  3. britishraven says: Aug 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    I can’t think of many teams that would give a huge extension to a 28 year old RB who it seems is constantly injured

  4. entersandman42ny says: Aug 21, 2011 3:05 PM

    I think the 49ers should just dig their heels in and not give this guy an extension. He is in the last year of his contract and the 49ers aren’t going anywhere this year, so if Gore wants to hold out, let him. He is injury prone and approaching that age where running backs see a major decline. Gore needs to play well and stay healthy to earn his next contract.

  5. ctiggs says: Aug 21, 2011 3:05 PM

    pay the man yes he has been injured but he is the heart and soul of our team dixon and hunter are promising YOUNG backs but we need frank it will be a dark day that we get rid of frank before alex

  6. My Last Victim Escaped says: Aug 21, 2011 3:06 PM

    Yo Gore, at least your team won yesterday? $5 mill this year aint that bad.

  7. weightshakes says: Aug 21, 2011 3:07 PM

    Gore is demanding a contract that will pay him as much as he was making at the “U”…

  8. willysantos says: Aug 21, 2011 3:13 PM

    If I’m the Titans I offer him like 4 for 25 and tell CJ to go F himself.

  9. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 21, 2011 3:13 PM

    5 mill a year for someone who never finishes a season….what did you expect Frankie, prostitutes and yachts……yeah…the U jokes are stuck forever for all of you ex cheaters….

  10. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 21, 2011 3:14 PM

    New strategy the Cardinals and Panthers front office are using=overpay for your players, causing several team’s players to hold out for longer amounts of time.

    DeAngelo didn’t really deserve his contract with his injury history and neither will Gore if he gets anywhere near close to that.

  11. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 21, 2011 3:14 PM

    I would resign him…BUT…put a huge injury clause in there…guy is never healthy…

  12. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 21, 2011 3:17 PM

    Pay the man! Only teams that will be willing to trade for him are AZ, Lions, Cowboys, and yours truly the Eagles.

  13. bigcali4life says: Aug 21, 2011 3:17 PM

    I like Frank and what he’s done for the 9ers, but he knows he’s 28 and has had injuries every year. Maybe, if maybe, the 9ers end up with a middle of the 1st round pick, they can sign and trade Gore with their 1st round pick for the team with the #1 pick. Pick up Luck. That’s also if Kendall Hunter shows more of what he has shown yesterday and Anthony Dixon keeps picking up. I would like a top-tier RB, but if Harbaugh is going WCO, a Franchise QB is worth more than a older good RB. Well, that’s pretty much for any team. lol. This is just speculation on my part though.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 21, 2011 3:19 PM

    It’s idiotic to believe a guy should be paid for what he did in the past. He’ll get paid based on what he can do, and how valuable he can be to them now and in the future.

    If he thinks he’s gonna get a long term deal for ridiculous money, he’s dreaming. RBs are not at a premium these days. Good backs come out of all rounds of the draft every year.
    Except for a select few, it’s not a big money position these days.

  15. opie333 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:21 PM

    I got it trade him for Chris Johnson! they will still be pissed but just in different places! LOL NFL musical chairs!

  16. torgerl says: Aug 21, 2011 3:24 PM

    Ya, good idea, anger your most consistent offensive performer. That will ensure your streak of futility will endure.

  17. peopletrains says: Aug 21, 2011 3:25 PM

    Gore is a good players but being 28 and pretty much guaranteed to miss 2-3 games a season, he isn’t worth ‘DeAngelo Williams’ money… coincidentally, neither is DeAngelo Williams.

  18. neagle64 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    Not a lot of leverage for RBs these days with many teams adopting the running back by committee strategy. I like Gore too but I think his days of getting a big day are gone considering his age. Chris Johnson, on the other hand is young enough to get at least one more big pay day.

  19. realdraftgm says: Aug 21, 2011 3:27 PM

    I say at least eight million a year for three years 20 million guaranteed team option for fourth year. The running back contract value is changing whether idiots like the Titans G.M. want to admit it or not. The new norm for top level running backs will be 12 to 13 million with pretty awesome guys like Michael Turner taking in 10 or eleven. Just like D ends and corners contract values have gone up so will running backs. San Fransisco would be foolish not to sign this guy. Saying that he is worth a second rounder and a fourth to a team. Maybe team him up with Benson in Cincinnati. The obviously have one of the worst situations at quarterback in the league enter Gore and you got the Carlina type running attack which is the only way Dalton has half a chance. Only quarterback starting worse than Dalton is Henne but at least they got Matt Moore. The Jets could team him up with Shonne Green. The Bills could have another Bruiser to go with their other big back. Those teams could all enjoy a Frank Gore on their team.

  20. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Aug 21, 2011 3:28 PM

    He’ll play for the Los Angeles Rams (of Anaheim)…

  21. souldogdave says: Aug 21, 2011 3:30 PM

    He’s on the ropes, let’s see if he lasts the full season…

  22. anonmonster says: Aug 21, 2011 3:34 PM

    Gore deserves a reasonable extension. He doesn’t deserve DeAngelo money because DeAngelo was overpaid and he doesn’t have enough tread on the tires. However, Gore has been the workhorse back for 5 years now and is one of the most complete backs in the game. Injuries aside, if the Niners can get another 2-3 years of production out of him, it’d be worth a solid extension. Pay the man.

  23. souldogdave says: Aug 21, 2011 3:34 PM

    He’s on the ropes, let’s see if he lasts the full season…looked good yesterday.

  24. nyyankeedave says: Aug 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    It won’t come to that. He won’t get a DeAngelo contract, but I suspect he will get an extension from SF. The problem is that although Gore is a good back, but he’s oft-injured and he still has fumble issues. And he’s approaching 30.
    Unfortunately for Gore, the Niners have the leverage here.

  25. phelbin says: Aug 21, 2011 3:41 PM

    Frank Gore has been a very solid player on a very mediocre team…when he’s been able to stay on the field. And his numbers are even more impressive given the lack of support (OL and QB). But I’d hate to see the 49ers overcommit financially when there are more pressing needs. This team needs to be rebuilt through the draft, and if Gore brings good trade value, maybe that’s the best thing long-term. Although I’d be sad to see him go.

  26. phelbin says: Aug 21, 2011 3:44 PM

    “He’ll play for the Los Angeles Rams (of Anaheim)…”

    —–

    I’m literally laughing out loud. Well done!

  27. crubenst says: Aug 21, 2011 3:46 PM

    How about he collects a cool $5 mil and has a great season… then he’ll make plenty next year.

  28. giantsfan83 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:47 PM

    Running backs are so replaceable in the modern day NFL with the two back systems, wide open offenses, etc. that none of these guys (Gore, CJ, Forte) have solid ground to stand on…

  29. pats1995 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:47 PM

    The New England Home for Old Guys who Want to Win will gladly accept him into its prestigous community

  30. pnut87 says: Aug 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    Gore for Osi… Guy can dream right?

  31. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 21, 2011 3:59 PM

    Gore can only make at the most 8 million per year with a new contract, but he should make more than 5 million per year anything more is asking too much.

  32. valman61 says: Aug 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    Bigcali:

    Alarm, alarm, alarm, wake up wake up. You must be awoken from your fantasy dreams. Maybe the 49ers will consider trading gore for the first pick in the draft. The other team will happily trade the first pick of the draft (Andrew Luck) for a 28 yr old rb with one year left on his deal wanting a huge deal? Seriously dude? You really think that may happen? You need to wake up because your obviously in a deep 49er fantasy dreamland. No team would ever, ever, in a billion yrs, trade the first pick in the draft for an aging rb who wants a huge deal. Especially when said first pick is expected to be the next Peyton manning.

  33. jbcommonsense says: Aug 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    This is the problem with the current NFL FA structure esp. re: RBs: An RB’s career value goes down very fast. After they have proven themselves in their first or second seasons, these RBs should be allowed to get paid what they are worth. The current system denies them that.

    Btw, I would not trade more than a 3rd rd. draft pick for a 28 yr old RB.

  34. jibska says: Aug 21, 2011 4:27 PM

    ticalcaldwell says: Aug 21, 2011 3:13 PM

    5 mill a year for someone who never finishes a season….what did you expect Frankie, prostitutes and yachts……yeah…the U jokes are stuck forever for all of you ex cheaters….

    Ticalcaldwell = Fail

    How were they cheaters?? Does anyone honestly think “boosters” only worked for the U? On a side note, he’s not worth DeAngelo $$. Although neigther is DeAngelo.

  35. funkylovemonkey says: Aug 21, 2011 4:56 PM

    Yeah, I’ve liked Gore since he was drafted, but he isn’t worth big money. I’m all for a reasonable extension, but let’s be frank. Gore has had injury problems dating back to college (which is one of the reasons he wasn’t picked higher) and while he’s pretty decent as far as yards per carry, his total output for a season has always lagged. Last season he was ranked 21st in the NFL as far as total yards with only 853. Elite backs are expected to have twice that many yards. As far as yards per carry the NFL actually has some pretty outstanding backs right now and Gore was ranked 25th in the league (discounting Michael Vick) with 4.2. In contrast Jamal Charles led the league in yards per attempt with 6.4 and a season total of 1,467.

    I’m also not sure that this is the ideal time to press the issue when both the second and third string running backs (albeit against second team defenses) both performed remarkably well in the last preseason game.

  36. watermelon1 says: Aug 21, 2011 5:25 PM

    Put this guy on any team with a half-decent offensive line, and a half-decent QB… and you’re set. PEople say he’s always injured… but he’s averaged over 1000 yards every single year he’s been in the league. He also averages 380 receiving yards per season.

    He’s never been below 4.2 yards per carry in a season, and he averages 4.7 yards per carry for his career.

    This is all playing on a horrible team with plenty of QB changes and plenty of coaching changes.

    You all say he’s close to done, I say he is close to exploding for a huge season if he had any kind of help!

  37. laxer37 says: Aug 21, 2011 5:42 PM

    Truth is, if you have a solid scheme and a decent o-line backs are pretty much interchangeable.

    This kind of hurts your leverage these days.

  38. levingibbs says: Aug 21, 2011 5:48 PM

    last year, frank gore had 853 total rushing yards. he also had 452 total receiving yards. Missing five games, mind you, Frank Gore totaled 1305 total yards, with 5 total touchdowns (3 Rushing, 2 Receiving). Even though his 21st ranking in rushing doesn’t matter because he did not play the entire season, the 49ers had absolutely no passing offense last year with the revolving quarterbacks and lackluster receiving corps, so it wasn’t simple enough for Frank Gore to just run over the defense every down when the defense knew that none of the 49er quarterbacks were a threat in the passing game. So when they switched it up, he became a contributor to that, being that he has been the only consistent offensive weapon for the 49ers in the last few years. Hell, I watched Frank Gore win a couple of games by himself last year, doing everything on offense. He was on my fantasy team as well.

    Sadly, while Gore definitely has the ability when he is on the field to be a game changer in every aspect, he has been fragile his whole career due to his aggressive playing style and often-heavy workload on offense (249 total touches in 11 games last year, compared to 281 total touches in 15 games in 2009).

    Oh, yeah, and this guy hasn’t played a full season of NFL football since his second year in the league? 2006? Would he even make it to the playoffs on a playoff-calibur team? Who knows, but I hope he will. He’s a great back.

  39. madrid517 says: Aug 21, 2011 6:04 PM

    Valman61 you wake up and actually read what he wrote. He wasn’t saying straight up trade. He was saying to get a first rounder for Gore and use both first round picks and maybe another pick to get the #1 pick. Before you criticize someone, read and understand what they are saying.

  40. marcsasharc says: Aug 21, 2011 6:11 PM

    as much as i love Frank Gore as a running back, i think the 9ers are right on this one. hes old for a running back and whether or not this is a contract year for him, its important for the franchise to see his durability. it would be terrible if they committed a ton of $ over 4-5 years for him. thats a roster cut waiting to happen by year 3. plus, the 9ers have Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter who both look talented.

  41. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 21, 2011 6:11 PM

    It’s a good thing they drafted Alex Smith instead of that Rodgers clown…

  42. quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls says: Aug 21, 2011 6:43 PM

    To all the folks saying that Frank Gore is always injured, I ask you – how has he rushed for over 6,400 yards in 6 seasons? Show the man and his career 4.7 yards per carry average some respect.

  43. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 21, 2011 6:47 PM

    I can’t believe all you 49er fans want to pile on
    Gore and say that he is washed up when he has easily been your best player over the last 4 seasons (with the obvious exception of Patrick Willis on the other side of the ball). He probably wouldn’t have been hurt so much if he wasn’t asked to carry the offense behind that Swiss cheese o-line. He doesn’t deserve the kind of money he’s asking for, but the 49ers should consider an extension because frankly, what else have you got? Which free agent rb available right now would be an upgrade over Gore? None. Which rb currently on your roster could even come close to the production that Gore has given your team over the last 5 years? I don’t see why so many of you are ready to give him the bum’s rush when the 49ers would be a decidedly worse team without him on the roster.

  44. marcsasharc says: Aug 21, 2011 7:10 PM

    theduuuuuuuuuude says:
    Aug 21, 2011 6:47 PM
    I can’t believe all you 49er fans want to pile on
    Gore and say that he is washed up when he has easily been your best player over the last 4 seasons (with the obvious exception of Patrick Willis on the other side of the ball). He probably wouldn’t have been hurt so much if he wasn’t asked to carry the offense behind that Swiss cheese o-line. He doesn’t deserve the kind of money he’s asking for, but the 49ers should consider an extension because frankly, what else have you got? Which free agent rb available right now would be an upgrade over Gore? None. Which rb currently on your roster could even come close to the production that Gore has given your team over the last 5 years? I don’t see why so many of you are ready to give him the bum’s rush when the 49ers would be a decidedly worse team without him on the roster.

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    its not that we dont appreciate Gore, we are thinking about the future of the team logically. id love to extend his deal, but at a good price. i dont want the team to fork out a ton of $ right now for him. sure hes a great player, but hes also an old RB. to say we couldnt get anotehr guy to produce at RB next year is ridiculous. theres a thing called a draft and a thing called free agency. plus the 9ers have 2 young and talented backs. and you sound like an idiot asking what free agent RB right now is better….lol there isnt a better 1 but Gore will be playing this year so thats not only a non issue but a dumb point to make.

    and decidedly worse? we are talking about a team that has been perennially bad the last decade.

  45. ademell1 says: Aug 21, 2011 7:24 PM

    Here’s the deal: Frank Gore is a great player. He’s not one-dimensional. He’s the Niners best player on O.

    What he has done for this team with his talent should earn him a new contract.

    BUT – if you’re the Niners…you have to be smart. You NEED Frank Gore. He’s more useful to you than any other team right now.

    That being said, he does have an injury history. So what makes sense to do is give him a fair 3-5yr deal loaded with incentives and an injury clause.

    At worst, give him a contract that you can bail on after two years if he gets OLLLD. It happens.

    But either way, Frank Gore deserves a nice little payday right now. Tell him he can earn more if he reaches certain numbers. But don’t do a deal you have to stay with. Have to be smart.

  46. sws222 says: Aug 21, 2011 7:42 PM

    Dear Frank,

    Please come visit us in Detroit. We’ll get you a Chrysler commercial!

    The Lions

  47. raylewis52 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:00 PM

    Give Frank some credit. He’s taken a significant pay cut from his days at the U.

  48. steelcity09 says: Aug 21, 2011 8:42 PM

    BYE!

    You are always injured.

    This coaching staff has no ties to you.

    Kendall Hunter is there man.

    See ya Frankfurter!

  49. goldrush36 says: Aug 21, 2011 9:33 PM

    @the duuuuuuuuuuude

    Gore was injured a lot in college too. That’s the huge knock all the “experts” put on the 49ers for picking him as high as they did at the time. So to say it’s the line’s or offenses fault is somewhat ignorant. I agree the situation hasn’t helped him any, but his running style broke him down before ever even entering the NFL. He is a beast when he is healthy, and I love having him, but he has only completed one season in his career, and that will probably be his only one. He is a beast when he is healthy, but you can’t rely on him being there. Especially if they managed to sneak into the playoffs

  50. mutatedzombierat says: Aug 21, 2011 9:56 PM

    They should just pay him a contract similar to what he wants and backload it and fill it with incentives since he’s already 28. Don’t guarantee him most of it and it will work out fine. 49ers can’t afford to lose him yet.

  51. mrjackson206 says: Aug 21, 2011 10:10 PM

    Offer to extend his for 3 years, 27 million. If he won’t take that franchise him next year, & draft his replacement in the 2012 draft.

  52. funkylovemonkey says: Aug 21, 2011 10:22 PM

    levingibbs says:
    Aug 21, 2011 5:48 PM
    last year, frank gore had 853 total rushing yards. he also had 452 total receiving yards. Missing five games, mind you, Frank Gore totaled 1305 total yards, with 5 total touchdowns (3 Rushing, 2 Receiving). Even though his 21st ranking in rushing doesn’t matter because he did not play the entire season

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    But it does matter. That’s the whole point. Sure when he’s healthy Gore has shown that he’s a good running back and has been one of the few bright spots of the 9ers roster. But he been injured. His season ended in week 12 last year. He was injured the year before and in 2007.

    And if you read carefully, most people aren’t saying they want to get rid of Gore. It’s just they don’t feel he deserves elite RB money because except for his great 2006 season he hasn’t consistently been an elite running back. He’s been a solid offensive producer who looks a little better because he’s the only one on the offense that’s actually really doing his job.

    But consider this. There’s a lot of talk about how his injuries are the result of him taking the brunt of the offensive load. This isn’t born out by the numbers. However, one of the reasons Gore’s total yards is low is because he actually didn’t have many carries. He only ran the ball 203 times last year, which is a hundred less then most of the top tier running backs. Despite the fact that Gore has for the last several seasons run less in a game (partly because the 49ers were often playing from behind) he has been fragile.

    The 49er passing offense was ranked last year 18th in the league, their rushing offense was ranked 19th.

    It’s also important to note that despite the 49ers Offensive Line being terrible on pass protection, they have always been solid when it comes to run blocking.

    Really I would be disappointed if the 49ers were unable to come up with a deal for Gore, and would love to see some good incentives built into his contract. I just don’t want to forfeit the 49ers future on him when he seems to be on the declining years of his career.

  53. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 21, 2011 10:52 PM

    @ Marcsasharc

    I sound like an idiot? Maybe you should go back and proofread your reply to my post and check for errors, then we can talk about who sounds like an idiot. Until you learn the rules of grammar and punctuation and decide to abide by them, any argument you make is invalidated by your obvious ignorance. (I’ll give you a tip, the beginning of each new sentence should always be capitalized)

    Grammar aside, I still can’t say that I agree with you. I don’t remember saying that the Niners need to pick up another RB right now to replace Gore since he is obviously still on the team. You see, San Francisco would only have to find another RB should they acquiesce to his trade demands, which clearly hasn’t happened yet (I’m not quite sure what was unclear about this point, but maybe I confused you. Goggle “hypothetical question” and you’ll understand my question about which free agents would be available as an upgrade, if the Niners decide to trade him). Since Gore seemingly wants out of San Fran, they have three options as I see it:

    1. Sign him to a new deal
    2. Don’t acknowledge his demands and hope that either he will resign at a reasonable price or hope that there is a better option out there via free agency
    3. Trade him now and try to get some kind of value for him

    None of those seem like great options, but if the Niners want to win now, getting rid of Gore via a trade is not the answer.

    P.S. While we’re on the subject of dumb arguments…. just because San Francisco has been among the worst franchises in the league recently doesn’t mean that they couldn’t get worse. “Well, our team’s already bad, losing one guy couldn’t make them any worse” … What a terrible attitude for a fan to have toward his or her team.
    No Gore and no contingency plan if he leaves via trade or free agency = decidedly worse San Francisco team.

  54. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Aug 21, 2011 11:30 PM

    Tranfer him to Arsenal for Samir Nasri…..we need a new punter

  55. thermalito says: Aug 21, 2011 11:33 PM

    Get rid of Gore but keep Awful Alex. That sounds about right for the hapless York Niner organization. I think its because Jed and Paraag have a physical attraction to Alex.

  56. jcg23 says: Aug 22, 2011 2:46 AM

    I’ll take him and Pat Willis and give the Niners a Ham Sammich. Deal?

  57. trollhammer20 says: Aug 22, 2011 11:08 AM

    jbcommonsense says:Aug 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    Btw, I would not trade more than a 3rd rd. draft pick for a 28 yr old RB.
    _________________________________

    Or just wait for him to play out this season and pick him up as a 29-year-old free agent next year. Why give up a perfectly good third-rounder for a guy who wants a huge payday today, when he’ll probably be a FA next year, and you can sign him for his real “market value” and not give up a pick.

    If SF doesn’t want to pay him big now, they definitely won’t want to do it next year, when he’s a year closer to pasture. It seems doubtful they’d want to waste the franchise tag on him, as a holdout would be highly likely.

    Read between the lines here: This is Gore’s last year in SF.

  58. marcsasharc says: Aug 22, 2011 1:15 PM

    theduuuuuuuuuude says:
    Aug 21, 2011 10:52 PM
    @ Marcsasharc

    I sound like an idiot? Maybe you should go back and proofread your reply to my post and check for errors, then we can talk about who sounds like an idiot. Until you learn the rules of grammar and punctuation and decide to abide by them, any argument you make is invalidated by your obvious ignorance. (I’ll give you a tip, the beginning of each new sentence should always be capitalized)

    Grammar aside, I still can’t say that I agree with you. I don’t remember saying that the Niners need to pick up another RB right now to replace Gore since he is obviously still on the team. You see, San Francisco would only have to find another RB should they acquiesce to his trade demands, which clearly hasn’t happened yet (I’m not quite sure what was unclear about this point, but maybe I confused you. Goggle “hypothetical question” and you’ll understand my question about which free agents would be available as an upgrade, if the Niners decide to trade him). Since Gore seemingly wants out of San Fran, they have three options as I see it:

    1. Sign him to a new deal
    2. Don’t acknowledge his demands and hope that either he will resign at a reasonable price or hope that there is a better option out there via free agency
    3. Trade him now and try to get some kind of value for him

    None of those seem like great options, but if the Niners want to win now, getting rid of Gore via a trade is not the answer.

    P.S. While we’re on the subject of dumb arguments…. just because San Francisco has been among the worst franchises in the league recently doesn’t mean that they couldn’t get worse. “Well, our team’s already bad, losing one guy couldn’t make them any worse” … What a terrible attitude for a fan to have toward his or her team.
    No Gore and no contingency plan if he leaves via trade or free agency = decidedly worse San Francisco team.

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    you are really gonna pull the grammar police card? especially to prove you arent stupid….really? and then you will make spelling and grammatical errors? lol nice try, broseph.

    Gore is a good player no doubt about it, but he is getting old and he isnt exactly a guy you can rely on to not get injured. especially since hes missed games late in the season for many seasons. thats a sign of wear and tear with no indication that he has healthier years ahead of him. its simple logic.

    you say the team is decidedly worse without him. were the Chargers decidedly worse when LT left? or the other many examples of an important player leaving without the teams production suffering. believe it or not but 49ers are not thin at RB this year.

    if he wants a Deangelo contract, no thanks. im not willing to lock him up for 5 more years at 8 mil with 21 mil guaranteed. that is a large gamble and i dont think, like many SF fans, that it is a reasonable contract for the team. plus, if SF trades him before this years deadline it will be because they have reasonable belief that production at the position wont significantly decrease or they found a deal they couldnt refuse. is Gore a top 5 RB in the league? possibly, hes right around there. will he be in 2-3 years? im pretty certain he wont be.

    and then you criticize my attitude that losing him may not be a big deal since the team hasnt been good. first off, that isnt my attitude numb nuts. im simply stating that you have no idea how the team performs after that. you act like every team that has let go of a key player turns out to be worse than before. no contingency plan? theyve drafted 2 RBs in the last 2 years, both of which look to easily make the team and perform many roles for the team, including sharing carries. not to mention the additions to the OL the last 2 years and 2 very capable starting WRs with the most dangerous TE in the NFL. Harbaugh is a coach that uses interchangeable RBs anyway.

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