San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, who will make $4.9 million this season in the last year of his contract, is in the midst of renegotiating his deal but is growing “frustrated” with the process, according to ESPN. ProFootballTalk.com suggests that Gore may request a trade.
“I don’t sense unhappiness in Frank,” Harbaugh said, according to the paper. “It all is and sounds like water-cooler talk to me. I’m not interested in it, in the water-cooler talk. … We will deal with Frank man to man.”
After four seasons of rushing for 1,000 or more yards, the 5-9 Gore rushed for 853 last season over 11 games, scoring three touchdowns. He likely would have made it to a thousand yards again if he hadn’t fractured his hip in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. The team has a first-year head coach, a promising backup in Kendall Hunter and legitimate questions about Gore’s durability.
“Hopefully, it will get done before the season,” Gore said. “If it doesn’t, I’ve just got to go play, and if I have to be a free agent, I’ll be a free agent.”