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.”