Frank Gore bucking for a new deal

Predictably, the San Francisco 49ers got Alex Smith back into the mix almost immediately, agreeing to terms on a new deal with him on Tuesday.

Frank Gore has a contract but the running back is going to be more difficult to reach. In fact, it’s going to require a breakthrough because as Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports, the club has not been able to reach the veteran since the lockout was ended.

Now, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the 49ers can count on not seeing Gore until he receives a new contract. The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal and he’s set to earn $5 million this season. Gore suffered a broken hip last season, derailing a strong year. Previously, he had four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

The Niners got solid production out of rookie Anthony Dixon last season, especially after Gore was injured, and he looks like he could potentially become a newer version of Brandon Jacobs. But still, the Niners need Gore and they need to get him off to a good start with the new coaching staff because if a new staff moves on without a player, sometimes making up can be challenging. Stay tuned.

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