Gore passes Jim Brown, moves into 9th on all-time list

Gore passes Jim Brown, moves into 9th on all-time list

The 49ers’ all-time leading rusher on Sunday moved into ninth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

Frank Gore, in his second season with the Indianapolis Colts, passed Hall of Famer Jim Brown to move into ninth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

Gore entered Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears trailing Brown by 19 yards. He passed Brown with a 16-yard run over left tackle in late in the first quarter.

In the Colts' 29-23 victory over Chicago, Gore gained 75 yards on 14 rushing attempts. He has now rushed for 12,368 yards in his 12-year NFL career.

Gore entered the game No. 10 on the NFL’s rushing list after passing Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James and Marshall Faulk last week with a 68-yard day in a 30-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Every retired player who ranks within the top 15 in all-time rushing yards is in the Hall of Fame, except LaDainian Tomlinson, who enters his first year of eligibility, and James, who was a finalist this year.

In 10 seasons with the 49ers, Gore gained a franchise-record 11,073 yards. Joe Perry is No. 2 on the 49ers’ all-time list with 7,344 yards, not including the 1,345 yards he gained when the 49ers were in the All-America Football Conference.

1. Emmitt Smith 18,355 (1990-2004)
2. Walter Payton 16,726 (1975-1987)
3. Barry Sanders 15,269 (1989-1998)
4. Curtis Martin 14,101 (1995-2005)
5. LaDainian Tomlinson 13,684 (2001-2011)
6. Jerome Bettis 13,662 (1993-2005)
7. Eric Dickerson 13,259 (1983-1993)
8, Tony Dorsett 12,739 1977-1988
9. Frank Gore 12,368 (2005-current)
10. Jim Brown 12,312 (1957-1965)
11. Marshall Faulk 12,279 (1994-2005)
12. Edgerrin James 12,246 (1999-2009)
13. Marcus Allen 12,243 (1982-1997)
14. Franco Harris 12,120 (1972-84)
15. Thurman Thomas 12,074 (1988-2000)


An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations


An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals