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Jim Harbaugh: Frank Gore capable of “three more good years”

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As one of the NFL’s oldest starting running backs, and with more than 2,000 career carries to his credit, the future of 49ers tailback Frank Gore figures to be a front-burner issue as long as he continues along on his remarkable professional career.

However, Jim Harbaugh believes Gore, who turns 31 in April, has some quality football left to be played, the 49ers’ head coach said Wednesday at the NFL meetings, according to Matt Maiocco of

“I really think Frank has three more good years. I truly believe that. But we’re in a game of taking it one year at a time,” Harbaugh said, per

Gore’s contract expires at season’s end. Given his age, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 49ers took a wait-and-see approach to whether Harbaugh’s prediction holds.

Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore are among the options behind Gore on the 49ers’ depth chart. All are signed beyond 2014.

Gore needs 33 rushing yards for 10,000 in his career. He racked up 1,128 yards and nine TDs on 276 carries a season ago.

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51 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh: Frank Gore capable of “three more good years””
  1. seatownballers says: Mar 26, 2014 10:07 AM

    If he does have 3 more years, why keep drafting running backs?

  2. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 26, 2014 10:07 AM

    He is a freak, keep waiting for him to break down and show some age and he doesn’t. 3 more years???????? Is recreational weed legal in CA now. Hey Jim, pee in this cup.

  3. barsfordays says: Mar 26, 2014 10:08 AM


  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 26, 2014 10:09 AM

    Capable for 3 years doesn’t sound exciting. They should trade him since they have a bunch of younger players.

  5. barsfordays says: Mar 26, 2014 10:09 AM

    Thats what the Panthers thought when they gave S.Smith a 3-year extension……….

  6. ninerboi says: Mar 26, 2014 10:10 AM

    All Time leading Niners rusher. Truly amazing back, I just wish he had that breakaway speed. If you could add that with a superbowl ring, we would possibly be talking about entering the conversation of greatest of all time.

  7. osiris33 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:11 AM

    He had 14 yards on 11 carries against the Seahawks in the championship game. He’s toast.

  8. chawk12thman says: Mar 26, 2014 10:11 AM

    Statement of Confidence instead of Contract Extension says it all………

  9. sportsbastard says: Mar 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    The RB that nobody wants to draft for their fantasy team, but never regrets doing after seasons end.

  10. jeffnfl says: Mar 26, 2014 10:14 AM

    I can’t see it. There’s a LOT of miles on those tires.

  11. thegrigga49 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:22 AM

    The most under rated player of his era, especially the way the RB position has turned over the recent years. The absolute most ferocious pass protecting RB maybe in NFL history. This man will never get the respect he truly deserves. I have never heard him complain about anything except losing. Truly a class act and I hope he can play 3 more years. So consistent. I love Frank Gore.

  12. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 26, 2014 10:28 AM

    Capable doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Also, does Frank Gore want three more years of Harbaugh? That’s a lot of whining to have to put up with.

  13. raymondtx says: Mar 26, 2014 10:29 AM

    Say what???!!!!

    Frank Gore

  14. ravenswhat says: Mar 26, 2014 10:34 AM

    No way. He’s done and that’s why they have drafted RBs the last few years. No way he has 3 more years. Maybe 1. That kid they drafted last year will be getting the carries in December.

  15. braceyourselffor12 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:37 AM


    Go Niners!!!!!

  16. giantsninerswarriors says: Mar 26, 2014 10:40 AM

    I love Frank Gore as much as any Niners fan, but there’s no way that, at age 31, he has three years left in his tank. My guess is that Gore, Lattimore, and Hunter all split carries at the start of the 2014 season, then Lattimore (hopefully) take the majority of carries by the end of the 2014 and becomes the feature back by the end of the season.

  17. raiderrob21 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:43 AM

    Hell of a back, hell of a career through the bad years as well. If anyone on that team deserves a ring its him. Too bad most of his fan base doesnt resect all hes done.


  18. pacodawg says: Mar 26, 2014 10:49 AM

    I disagree coach

  19. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 26, 2014 10:50 AM

    I hate niner fans, but respect the players on the field (except overrated Kaepernick), but Gore is a stud and a true team leader. Loved him at Miami and was hoping Seattle would take a chance on him in the draft. I agree with Harbs (I can’t believe it myself). Everytime I think this guy has nothing in the tank, he rips off another 1,200+ yd season with 9 or more tds. And he always seems to come up with a big play vs the Seahawks (NFCC game withstanding)! Niners need to keep him until he retires and then make him a coach…he’s that type of high character leader and person. He’s your Marshawn Lynch.

  20. goldrush36 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:52 AM

    Frank keeps giving father time the stiff arm but if he has 3 years left of really good football… 1000+ yds per year I will eat my hat and both shoes. He will retire, move on, or come back cheap as a shared load back after this season. Next year it will become Marcus’ team. It will be a sad but exciting time.

  21. ajgreenhof says: Mar 26, 2014 10:53 AM

    Harbaugh must have connections with Ms.Cleo.

  22. shortbus49er says: Mar 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    Is it just me or do people keep taking these coaches for every word they say?!….STOP IT!!!!…… Havnt we learned that the job of the coach is to support his players!? We don’t know the line of questioning before this answer… The reporter could have asked him if he felt Frank had 3 more years in him…. What’s he supposed to say? No? Of course he’s gonna say he thinks he does…. He also backs that up with we are in a business of taking it year to year.

    And to ‘osiris33’…. I give your team props on stopping Gore in the championship game…. But Lynch had 23yds on 8 carries against the Rams….. Every back has a bad game. gore has been a true professional throughout his career, I wish I could say that about ‘skittles’!

  23. mmsierra says: Mar 26, 2014 11:04 AM

    Hopefully, we’ll win the Super bowl this year and let Frank retire gracefully

    It’ll be great to watch Frank help CRUSH the One Year Wonders in the NFC Championship

    Go Niners

  24. theclink12 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:05 AM

    3 more years???

    No way.

    Great back but already showed signs of slowing down late last season.

  25. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Mar 26, 2014 11:07 AM

    Can’t stand the 49ers, but love Frank Gore. One of the few “true” running backs left in football. It’s a travesty that he is so underrated.

  26. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2014 11:10 AM

    Everything is great in San Francisco, just ask the looney tune, Jim Harbaugh.

    Niner fans, put your arms over your head and dance!

  27. ninerboi says: Mar 26, 2014 11:12 AM

    tired of people saying Kap is overrated and horrible and mediocre. Dude was # 7 in the league in QBR rating, which factors in EVERYTHING. Not to mention playing his a$$ off in the superbowl and two NFC champ games. we wouldn’t have even been in those games if it wasn’t for him.

    Sure he makes mistakes, but what QB doesn’t. Get off his A$$. For as much as people drool over Luck, Kap wasn’t the one who threw SEVEN PICKS in two playoff games….

  28. cmoney4949 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:13 AM

    Is Gore a HOF RB? If he has a respectable 2014 I would say so. He is definitely one of the best blocking backs to play. He never has any off field issues and is very respected teammate. Hopefully, he wins a ring and retires. I do not want to see him in another uniform thats for sure.

  29. udkidd says: Mar 26, 2014 11:13 AM

    4.1 yrds/carry this year and 8.8 yrds/ reception are still solid numbers. He may be slowing down (well he is) but he still has another solid year left in the tank. Expect 800-900 yrds this year from Gore as the 49ers pass the torch to Lattimore.

  30. sportsnut101 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:14 AM

    3 yrs as a part time rb yes.
    To many games he takes himself out to rest in 4th qtr

  31. godblessfootball says: Mar 26, 2014 11:18 AM

    Trade bait talk

  32. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 26, 2014 11:20 AM

    Basically, “You’d like to trade for Frank Gore” is what he’s saying.

  33. detroitniner says: Mar 26, 2014 11:30 AM

    Coach is showing loyalty with this statement. Both he and Gore knows that this maybe his last year with the Niners. It’s a PC move that makes him look good when Baalke does not resign Gore. He has been a great Niner, is the all-time leading rusher for the franchise, and great character guy. But both the Niners and Gore knows that this maybe his last year with team.

  34. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 26, 2014 11:31 AM

    Frank Gore is a tough hombre, no doubt about it; but whether he can go another three years at a high level in the NFL very much remains to be seen…

  35. truninerfan49 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:31 AM

    He looked like he was finished last year. There is no way in hell he can play 3 more years

  36. jayniner says: Mar 26, 2014 11:45 AM

    Frank has always been a class act and a hard working team player, who has been a pillar of this team his entire career.

    He deserves nothing but the utmost respect and at the very least, the opportunity to be the primary RB until he shows and admits that he can no longer carry the load by himself.

    When that happens, Hunter and Lattimore step in to carry us the rest of the way.

  37. paythevig says: Mar 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    Will always love the inconvenient truth; year in and year out – this man gives it his all; and truly respects the game so much. Not a peep off field. Lunch pail to work, throwback player who is a complete runningback.

    I’ll always credit him as the only glimmer of offensive hope, in keeping this niner faithful glued to the tv, despite watching the likes of Ken Dorsy, Cody Picket, Tim Rattay, Shaun Hill throwing ducks to Arnaz Battle, Ashley Lelie… *shudders*.

    A shame he was at his peak during one of the darkest periods in ninerland.

  38. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 26, 2014 12:10 PM

    The ‘Niners have really strong depth at RB:


    Every one of those athletes brings strong game, and that depth should extend Gore’s career, longevity and effectiveness.

  39. poundtherock says: Mar 26, 2014 12:29 PM

    Frank Gore has been a badass for a long time. He’s just a blue-collared hard nosed football player. It’s all about winning.

    I DO like the fact that he pays attention to stats as well. He wants to get 10,000 so bad. I expect him to be our starter this season and maybe get 12-15 carries per game. He’s still by far our best running back in terms of blocking and he has some of the best vision of any RB to ever play the game. If he has breakaway speed his whole career, we could be talking about the GOAT.

    Also, I’d be shocked if LaMichael James is on our roster when the 2014 season starts.

  40. thegrigga49 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:41 PM

    How about all the RBs drafted before him in 05…Ronnie Brown,Cadilac Williams,Ced Benson just to name a few…so many with potential have come and gone since then that we’re supposedly better then Frank. Look who is still playing and playing at the highest level. These are all reasons why he deserves to be in the HOF. He just made the pro bowl again last year, at 30!! He still has plenty in the tank.

  41. surfinbird1 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:48 PM

    Fine, then you keep him for 3 more yrs. Nobody stopping you.

  42. bert1913 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:52 PM

    The santa Clara 49ers had a bunch of talent before Harbaugh got there. This is why the niners don’t want to give Jim more power

  43. hmpennypacker says: Mar 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    If Lattimore shows enough this season those 3 more years for Frank will be with another team cos he won’t be resigned. He’s been great for us but rb is a young mans game. Marcus & Kendall are the 1 2 punch of the future.

  44. briank1ne says: Mar 26, 2014 2:10 PM

    MORE GORE PLEASE….gotta love this dude. all around football player. and he will tattoo you as well if you come in the backfield.

  45. cri33 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:16 PM

    The team could use another running back to compliment Gore. I think he is still a good player. I would like to see him retire as a 49er. He could also be a good mentor for Lattimore.

  46. cri33 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:20 PM

    This almost sounds like a Harbaugh song and dance. Remember what he said about Smith. Not saying Gore is still the player he was when he was much younger but he is still a good player and knows the offense well. But it would not surprise me to ask him to take a pay cut. Even a slight one.

  47. snoqualmkanem says: Mar 26, 2014 2:34 PM

    “tired of people saying Kap is overrated and horrible and mediocre. Dude was # 7 in the league in QBR rating, which factors in EVERYTHING. Not to mention playing his a$$ off in the superbowl and two NFC champ games. we wouldn’t have even been in those games if it wasn’t for him.”

    Actually, you have it backwards, Kap would not have been there except for the niner defense.

    Kap is a gifted athlete… runs great with a strong passing arm. That doesn’t make him a great QB.

    Regardless I hope that niner management choose to overpay him.

    Then in a few years the niners will be like the cowboys.

  48. asimonetti88 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:02 PM

    What a great player. I love watching him

  49. axespray says: Mar 26, 2014 4:42 PM

    Idk, dude struggled to get anything against that crappy Packer’s Run D.

    Then the second game, that D was without Clay/Perry/Neal/Jolly and he still struggled.

    Let a guy go and replace him a year early rather than pull an Eagles/Brian Westbrook and keep him a year or two too late.

  50. seaeagle707 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:26 PM

    Congrats to Gore, upon reaching a mega-milestone. (He’ll get there at least by the second game, if not the first.) Lot of heart and soul went into getting there, along with physicality and adrenaline.

  51. kvt7280 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:38 PM

    He won’t be re-signed or extended, he’ll likely finish the season and if he feels like he still can pound the ball, he’ll sign with the Raiders and start right away. I do feel like he’ll retire as a 49er next year but maybe return as an assistant RB coach to Tom Rathman.

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