SANTA CLARA –
Frank Gore wants a new contract from the 49ers, and “hopefully it gets done before the season,” Gore said this afternoon.
Here’s what else Gore had to say: “I feel like the 22-year-old Frank Gore. I’m ready to take the load, ready to play. I feel like I can score any time I touch the ball. I can block anybody I’ve got to block.”
As you may remember, the 49ers have a history of rewarding their star players with contract extensions before the season begins. They gave Willis a $50 million extension over five years, with $29 million guaranteed in May 2010, and they gave Vernon Davis $37 million over five years, including $34 million guaranteed, the night before the season opener in Seattle last season.
Clearly, Gore wants the same treatment. But how much money does he want? Probably more than DeAngelo Williams, who just got an extension from the Carolina Panthers worth $43 million over five years, with $21 million guaranteed. Williams is 20 days older than Gore, and missed twice as many games as Gore did in 2010. Williams sat out ten games with a sprained right foot.
Gore said he hasn’t heard any word from the team regarding a contract extension yet.
If the 49ers want to appease their star running back, they’ll most likely have to strike a deal comparable to Williams’.
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