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Monday, August 29, 2011
Money talk: Frank Gore, DeAngelo Williams

By Mike Sando

Frank Gore's push for a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers has put the team in a delicate situation.

The 49ers, like Gore's teammates and fans, respect the sixth-year running back very much. They also do not want to overpay for past performance at a position where longevity is rare. Gore is 28 years old and has fought to overcome a long list of injuries, from ACL tears to the hip injury that sidelined him for the final five games last season.

The latest story regarding Gore's public fight for a new deal says Gore wants a contract similar to the one DeAngelo Williams recently signed with the Carolina Panthers. Three questions come to mind immediately:
This is likely to end one of a few ways.

Gore, realizing his options are limited, could accept a deal that looks good on paper without really changing his financial situation for the long term. Gore, frustrated by his inability to get a new deal, could hold out or consider hiring another agent. I'd be surprised if the 49ers came through with anything close to the $16 million signing bonus Williams received, even though Gore has done more to earn that type of money.