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Baalke wants to make Frank Gore a “49er for life”

Frank Gore

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore put on his helmet during practice at NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The two-time Pro Bowl player practiced for the first time after missing several days of camp in a holdout. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


49ers running back Frank Gore isn’t happy with his contract. He’s frustrated regarding the lack of progress on a new deal, and he won’t comment on a PFT report that he could soon request a trade.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has dismissed accounts of frustration and a possible trade request as “water-cooler talk.” Meanwhile, G.M. Trent Baalke has expressed a strong desire to keep Gore around.

“The best thing we can say is we’re doing everything we can to make Frank a 49er for life and whether that gets accomplished in the near future or not remains to be seen,” Baalke told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But Frank’s a 49er. He’s a heck of a football player, he’s a heck of a young man, and he’s a leader. You can’t say enough good things about Frank.”

It all comes down, as it usually does, to money. And with Gore, who is 29 and who has a lengthy injury history, wanting to be paid like Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million, $21 million guaranteed), our own money currently is on the “or not.”