Sunday, July 31, 2011
Niners: Frank Gore to end holdout
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers say running back Frank Gore will return to the team Monday after missing the first four days of training camp due to a holdout.
A team spokesman confirmed late Sunday that Gore has spoken with coach Jim Harbaugh and has decided to practice while he attempts to negotiate a contract extension with the team. Gore is scheduled to earn $2.9 million in base salary and $2 million in a roster bonus during the final season of his current deal.
Under the terms of the NFL's new labor agreement, Gore is subject to $90,000 in fines for his holdout. The 49ers are off Monday, putting Gore back on the field with the team on Tuesday.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday he expected Gore to play with the team this season but was prepared to move forward without the two-time Pro Bowler.
Gore, the heart of the 49ers offense, has been deemed healthy by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who hasn't responded to phone messages or emails.
Gore went down with a season-ending fractured hip in a Monday night game at Arizona last Nov. 29. Gore, who avoided surgery on the hip, ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns in his sixth NFL season and caught 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs.