For the first time in his 10-year career, San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore will officially become an unrestricted free-agent. What is considered unchartered territory, Gore would love nothing more than return to the only team he knows since being drafted in the third-round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco caught up with 49ers GM Trent Baalke today to discuss Gore’s future. Asked if this Sunday will be Gore’s last game as a 49ers, “We sure hope not,” Baalke said. It has been well documented by Maiocco that Baalke foresees Gore in their future plans despite the 49ers front office yet to offer him a contract.
“He understands what he means to this organization,” Baalke said. “He would certainly like to be back, and we would certainly like to have him back. Now, whether we can make that a reality or not, time will tell.”
The 49ers found great value in the second-round (No. 57) as they nabbed RB Carlos Hyde from Ohio State. “He says I keep him young,” Hyde told me back in September. Hyde who has a punishing downhill running style has been a pleasant surprise as he runs hard between the tackles. And with his first season under his belt, sky is the limit as he enters year two. Not to mention, fourth-year RB Kendall Hunter will be in the mix as well as he told me today that he’s “feeling good,” the talent at running back could be a log-jam.
Will Gore continue to be the cowbell the 49ers are accustomed to if he comes back next season? Will Gore accept a reduced role? Baalke said, “You have to look at the situation. Frank is going to want to discuss his role, and what that role is going to be moving forward. What is the contact itself is going to look like? We can both want each other’s company, but to make that happen, there are hurdles that are going to have to be crossed.”