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Former 49ers running back Frank Gore selling Santa Clara home for $1.3M

Former 49ers running back Frank Gore selling Santa Clara home for $1.3M

Frank Gore hasn't played for the 49ers since 2014, so it's no surprise he's selling his Santa Clara townhouse. 

Gore, now with the Bills, lists his former home for $1.3 million, Claudine Zap of Realtor.com reported Friday. The 36-year-old running back originally bought the property for $860,000 back in 2007, his third season with the 49ers. 

The 1,242-square foot home holds three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Outside, there is a deck full of seating for relaxation or a dining area. 

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Chris Simms encouraged by 49ers start, 'pumped' about offense, defense

Chris Simms encouraged by 49ers start, 'pumped' about offense, defense

After two weeks, the 49ers are one of nine undefeated teams in the NFL. They've scored the most points in the NFC, and possess the second-best point differential in the league behind only the New England Patriots.

"I'm really encouraged by what I see from the San Francisco 49ers football team," NBC Sports' Chris Simms told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

In heaping his praise, Simms broke down the 49ers' roster, unit by unit.

"The defense is legit, and of course, we saw it improved last year," Simms remarked. "We really did. It's well-coached, and now it has more weapons than since the years the 49ers were going to the Super Bowl against the Ravens and all that.

"Where it starts is the defensive line. The defensive line is special, and it's versatile. It can be a small, fast group that can create havoc. If they want to get big and have to stop a Dallas Cowboys-like running game, they're going to be capable of doing that. 

"Linebackers are extremely athletic with Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner. The secondary -- I'm encouraged from what I've seen from Ahkello Witherspoon. We know Richard Sherman is good. The safety play has been good. So the defense is really awesome."

Not to be discounted, Simms turned his attention to San Francisco's offense, coming off a 41-point explosion against the Bengals.

"Offensively, how could I not be pumped? That offensive performance last week against Cincinnati was mind-blowing. I mean, Kyle Shanahan cracked the code. He, like, broke into the Matrix on that one. That was a true show as far as what they did to the Bengals offensively. Huge holes in the run game, wide-open people in the pass game."

Moving forward, Simms believes Shanahan's football mind will help the 49ers withstand the loss of Joe Staley to a broken fibula, starting in Week 3 against the Steelers.

"It's not going to be easy to overcome, to lose a player like Joe Staley. I mean, he's a franchise left tackle. A Hall of Fame left tackle ... But either way, I still think the 49ers will be fine without him.

"As good? No, of course not -- you never replace Joe Staley completely. But there's a phenomenal offensive line in San Francisco. Kyle Shanahan, his run schemes, the play-action, the things he does that keep defenses off-balance is as good as anybody in the sport. So, he'll find ways to protect Justin Skule ... I was very encouraged with the way he looked after I saw Joe Staley go down.

"But he'll hold his own, and then when Shanahan feels like, 'Oh, okay, I don't necessarily like this matchup for my left tackle,' he'll find ways to help him out a little bit, too."

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While Simms is encouraged by the 49ers' strong start to the season, there's still one issue holding him back from being all the way in on San Francisco.

"If I have one question about the 49ers right now -- I'm not totally in the trust tree with Jimmy Garoppolo. I don't think he's playing to his capabilities yet

"But the encouraging thing is, he's getting better and you're 2-0. So when that all meshes together, I say watch out for the San Francisco 49ers."

Time to take the red pill. The 49ers just might be for real.

Ex-49ers receiver Pierre Garçon selling huge $1.8M San Jose penthouse

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Ex-49ers receiver Pierre Garçon selling huge $1.8M San Jose penthouse

Former 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon is looking for a new home in the NFL, and he is selling his old one in San Jose. 

The 33-year-old listed his 1,262 square-foot penthouse apartment for $1,788,000 earlier this summer. It sits on the top floor of The Axis, a 22-story luxury apartment complex in downtown San Jose. 

The apartment boasts a 32-foot balcony facing west, with a great view of the sunset and nearby SAP Center along the skyline. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse also features floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood finishes, granite countertops and a large walk-in closet in the master suite. 

Garçon was one of the first free-agent signings of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch's tenures as coach and general manager, respectively. He was limited to just 16 games over two seasons with the 49ers, and San Francisco declined his contract option early in the offseason. 

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS OF GARÇON'S APARTMENT HERE

(photos via Realtor.com