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Baalke wants to make Frank Gore a “49er for life”

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49ers running back Frank Gore isn’t happy with his contract.  He’s frustrated regarding the lack of progress on a new deal, and he won’t comment on a PFT report that he could soon request a trade.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has dismissed accounts of frustration and a possible trade request as “water-cooler talk.”  Meanwhile, G.M. Trent Baalke has expressed a strong desire to keep Gore around.

“The best thing we can say is we’re doing everything we can to make Frank a 49er for life and whether that gets accomplished in the near future or not remains to be seen,” Baalke told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of SiriusXM NFL Radio.  “But Frank’s a 49er.  He’s a heck of a football player, he’s a heck of a young man, and he’s a leader.  You can’t say enough good things about Frank.”

It all comes down, as it usually does, to money.  And with Gore, who is 29 and who has a lengthy injury history, wanting to be paid like Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million, $21 million guaranteed), our own money currently is on the “or not.”

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40 Responses to “Baalke wants to make Frank Gore a “49er for life””
  1. trbowman says: Aug 23, 2011 7:47 PM

    Don’t bother, running backs are a dime a dozen. Kendall Hunter and Dixon can be a good duo, they compliment each other well.

    Speaking of which, doesn’t Baalke also want to make Alex Smith a Niner for life?

  2. seneca1ss says: Aug 23, 2011 7:48 PM

    Doesn’t Baalke have to get permission. From Robin Williams?

  3. jakek2 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:51 PM

    When I saw the headline, I thought why would the guy from “Perfect Strangers” care about whether Gore was a 9er for life?

  4. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 23, 2011 7:51 PM

    Alcatraz perhaps?

  5. nineroutsider says: Aug 23, 2011 7:52 PM

    He’s 28, but anyway…

    Do not pay the man. I repeat do not pay him. All of us fans love Frank, but he is getting older and rarely plays an entire 16 game season.

    Let the Bills or Bengals pay him big, just focus on adding talented young players and good coaching. Let Frank put up a banner year and test the market…

  6. Todd Haley's Temper says: Aug 23, 2011 7:53 PM

    So Baalke wants to make sure he retires with no rings.

  7. scudbot says: Aug 23, 2011 7:53 PM

    The horror. The horror.

  8. yankeemofo says: Aug 23, 2011 7:54 PM

    Cue the collective shudder from frank Gore fantasy owners…

  9. One Up the Bum says: Aug 23, 2011 7:58 PM

    Yeah, I don’t think Cousin Larry has got the money.

  10. radrntn says: Aug 23, 2011 8:01 PM

    then get out your check book

  11. stampede101 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:02 PM

    Trent Baalke = Marty Funkhouser

  12. chetbrooks31 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:04 PM

    damned if you do, damned if you don’t

  13. 3crowns says: Aug 23, 2011 8:06 PM

    The Panthers really screwed it up for the 9ers (& every other team) with that ridiculous Williams signing. It’s such a huge outlier but of course now every RB wants to match or beat it. No wonder the Panthers are so terrible.

  14. Chairman Al says: Aug 23, 2011 8:11 PM

    I’m sorry, am I the only one who sees an issue with this whole contract holdout trend? You agree to play for a certain amount of money for a certain amount of years. And then, because you’re doing well and maybe the team got a good deal out of you, you want to threaten not to play?

    It was a VOLUNTARY contract. Shouldn’t the point be to play well so your next contract is worth more money? Its not just Gore; Chris Johnson, all of them. You signed the contract; you get paid for that contract, then get more cash out of your next one. Quit whining.

  15. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 23, 2011 8:12 PM

    Did he at least do his signature “Dance of Joy”?

  16. peester15 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:14 PM

    Gore has plenty of money leftover from playing at the “U”

  17. ajknox88 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:19 PM

    Frank Gore is a beast on Madden

  18. theysone says: Aug 23, 2011 8:20 PM

    The 49ers have a ton of cap room. Sign Gore to a 4-5 year incentive laden contract that significantly reduced in value if he fails to play a significant amount of each season.

    Gore has carried the entire offense on his back since mid-2005, he’s likely to surpass Roger Craig this year as the all-time 49ers leading rusher. He’s been nothing other than an exemplary teammate throughout his career, and has done everything asked of him to help the team. He deserves to retire as a 49er and he deserves to be paid…so DO IT TRENT.

  19. wryly1 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:24 PM

    It is not beyond the realm of possibility that Baalke could make a winner out of the 49er’s in the same generation as the current ownership and management of Redskins and Dolphins do.

  20. bossplayer213 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:26 PM

    Pay the man, he deserves it. There are very few backs in the NFL that posses the skill set that Gore has. Strong in pass blocking, good pass catcher out the backfield, excellent vision. Very underrated back. If he was on a team that wasn’t so inept offensively for his career (except the year Norv Turner was OC), he would have been putting up monster numbers every year (see 06-07) and it wouldn’t even be a question if he was a top 5 back.

    Frisco has been getting a bargain for 5 million dollars. Alex Smith is making 5 million dollars. PLEASE.

    Show Franky dem dollaz.

  21. maddensbrother says: Aug 23, 2011 8:26 PM

    I don’t know about this one… My gut feeling tells me to go get another beer.

  22. jimbo2599 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:27 PM

    why do we even worry about Frank Bore zzzzz! im a die hard 49er fan but i have never liked Bore yes i said Bore as in boring he is good when he wants to be and is terrible when the 49ers dont need him to be trade him and get some picks back for next year

  23. 4d9erdynasty49 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:33 PM

    Gores agent is a d bag and is trying to get his pocket fatter. Its just not smart to invest in a older running back with a history of injuries. I love gore but with this gm he should already know he aint going to hand over that type of dough. Trent did a good job at locking up the best players on our team like patrick willis and vernon davis. I dont see gore here after this year. Some dumb team will over pay for him next year in Free agency. You gotta remember gore blew out both his knees in college.

  24. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 23, 2011 8:34 PM

    They’d be absolutely foolish and irresponsible to throw long term money at him.
    I’d hope they’re just making happy noises in the media.

  25. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:40 PM

    Gore has very little leverage. He’s being paid well already and is on the downside of his career with only a couple of productive seasons remaining.

  26. elgramo84 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:48 PM

    I’m getting sick of gms saying they wanna make a player a lifer …. If that was true you’d shell out a solid deal with garaunteed money child please.

    FYI NFL players if you sign a contract you made a deal don’t cry about it later you should have included some superseded expectations bonuses when you signed it

  27. hobartbaker says: Aug 23, 2011 8:52 PM

    They offered a lucrative “lifetime” contract, but closer examination reveals that virtually all of the money doesn’t come due until after the age of 65. Meaning the team could cut him prior to that time if his performance starts to tail off.

  28. raiderrob21 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    Why not? They have made Alex Smith a 49er For Life!

  29. ninerboi says: Aug 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    Someone get that checkbook away from Trent.

  30. greenmeattruck says: Aug 23, 2011 9:04 PM

    Are you sure he didn’t say “onIR for life”? that would make more sense.

  31. jigwig13 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:13 PM

    I seen some one earlier named chairman I think al…I understand when u say they signed the contract so they should have to play the yrs out even if the team got a fair deal…but what happens when the player signs the big contract and get cuts when he doesn’t preform 3 or 4 yrs into the contract…it works both ways…let’s see if terell thomas gets the money he has earned in his contract yr now with a torn acl…if u earned it say something about it because u never know

  32. zl1vette says: Aug 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    Actually Gore is 28 years 3 months and 9 days to be specific, but that is still approaching old age for a NFL RB. IF (and it’s a big IF), Gore can stay healthy, this is about the last season he has to be a top tier RB. According to the averages, his production will fall of roughly 30-40% over the next two years.

    http://thesportdigest.com/archive/article/when-does-football-player-get-old

    His value will never be as high as it is right now, and it does not make sense of r the 49ers to sign him long term, but it does make sense to trade him WHILE HE STILL HAS HIGH VALUE.

    I love what Gore has meant to the 49ers, but the NFL is a business. Gore deserves to play with a winner and the 49ers need the draft picks.

  33. mnfaninaz says: Aug 23, 2011 10:44 PM

    In related news 3 9er fans were shot to death and 6 were stabbed when an argument broke out and escalated into a violent blood bath because two rival factions were arguing the merits of posting this story under the header “49er FO Life” or “49er FOR Life”…Also, some wanted that hand gesture of the number 4 and then a hand made into the shape of an “L”… they were just beaten with bare fists…
    :(

  34. thermalito says: Aug 23, 2011 10:44 PM

    Baalke is another stooge from the dysfunctional York Niner front office. A career SCOUT who’s one draft saw the team throw away two high first round draft picks on one mediocre G and a horrible OT, and who’s second round pick Taylor Mays just got shipped off for a 6th round pick after only 1 year with the team. Great job Trent! In Knucklehead Jed’s world, that kind of failure gets you a promotion!

  35. 6250claimer says: Aug 23, 2011 10:49 PM

    What would Bill Walsh have done? Cut him loose. Bill would let a player go early, rather than hold on past their shelf life. He made a few mistakes – Ronnie Lott still had gas left in the tank when he let him walk – but overall, he was brilliant at knowing when to let an aging player go, no matter how popular or how much he had contributed (see: Montana, Joe). The Dork family? They’ll probably give him Larry Fitz money, and he’ll hit the wall next October and be done.

  36. devrick says: Aug 23, 2011 11:27 PM

    Given his age and injury history, 49er for life probably means playing out his current contract.

  37. marcsasharc says: Aug 23, 2011 11:50 PM

    Mike Iupati is mediocre? do you watch football? the jury is still out on Anthony Davis, and thats a legitimate complaint, but Iupati? really?

    all that tells me is you have an issue with taking 2 linemen in the first round and you dont watch the 49ers play. Iupati is a beast.

  38. d. b. cooper says: Aug 24, 2011 12:55 AM

    Does that mean he wants to kill him?

  39. rwise44 says: Aug 24, 2011 1:53 AM

    I absolutely agree it would be a mistake to sign Gore at 29, with his injury prone history. And I am a long time faithful. See how Hunter and Dixon do this year and make the decision at that time. If Hunter is for real, sign him to the long term contract. I predict Frank misses more than a couple games, due to injury this year. With a more effective OL, Frank needs to be a team player and play for less money like the class players in the NFL do. That’s my take.

  40. phelbin says: Aug 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    This team needs to rebuild through the draft…and that requires extra draft picks. I’ll be sad to see him go, but trading Gore right now seems to be the best move long-term.

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