It’s been an interesting few hours for 49ers running back Frank Gore.
First, a tweet from the account of Pro Player Solutions congratulated Gore on signing a contract extension, a fact that hadn’t been confirmed by Gore minutes earlier during his news conference when he said he and the team were getting closer to a deal.
Now, Pro Football Talk has details of the extension to end a strange, but probably exhilarating afternoon for Gore -- three years, $21 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.
It seems like a fair deal, especially when you consider Gore -- who was supposed to make nearly $5 million in his contract year -- is 28 years old and almost surely won’t continue to be as effective as he was in his prime (he’s also coming off a season-ending hip injury).
At the same time, he wasn't ever in the running to get the kind of deal the Panthers gave DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million, $21 million guaranteed) -- even though that's what Gore wanted. But San Francisco also didn't want to let him go; indeed, the club had talked about making him a 49er for life.
"Frank is a true 49er. I've said that from when I first got here," coach Jim Harbaugh said, via the AP. "That's how I thought I would feel about Frank Gore. Now, I know how I feel about Frank Gore. The guy is awesome. Somebody should do a movie. Somebody should do the Frank Gore story, because it's an awesome story."
Said Gore before the deal was reported: "I told Drew (Rosenhaus, Gore's agent), 'Man, just call me when he feels right, when he feels what's fair for both sides.' Hopefully I can be a Niner. I want to be here for my whole career."
Now, there's a pretty decent chance of that happening. And hopefully now that the 49ers have taken care of him, he has no reason to snap at assistant coaches.