Should The 49ers Re-Sign Frank Gore After Seven-Year Spilt?
The 49ers are unpredictable when it comes to making decisions. 49er fans were in utter shock, screaming at their TV screens and cell phones when the team drafted Trey Lance. Since the team made it believable that they would draft Justin Fields as their third pick in the first round. But the 49ers’ decision to re-sign Frank Gore or not to re-sign him at all during 2021, won’t be announced any time soon.
Earlier this month, Frank Gore revealed on KNBR’s Murph and Mac that if the team was ready to make a deal with him, he would be more than open to re-signing with the team.
“I know that they got the two running backs (in the draft), and I know how this team works. I know they want to get the young guys the first opportunity to see what they’ve got. If they call me, I’ll be ready.”VIA 49ERS WEBZONE
No one can deny that Frank Gore is a beloved player of the 49ers franchise. He was one year shy of playing a whole decade with the organization before he decided to sign with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. With most of his 1,000 rushing yards coming from his time with the 49ers, he will arguably be a Hall of Famer with his current record of 16,000 career rushing yards. Frank Gore has the third-most career rushing yards in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith at 18,355 and Walter Payton at 16,726 yards.
The organization even sought Frank Gore’s advice and wanted to hear his opinions with the franchise possibly signing Trey Lance in early March 2021. The organization has created a long-lasting relationship with the running back which will last decades more due to his persona and legacy he left on the 49ers’ original field, Candlestick Park.
But Frank Gore is getting older for a player in his position. He just turned 38 in May. Last season, he received a career-low for averaging 3.5 yards per carry and his longest run was only 17 yards. Like Gore said himself, the 49ers did draft rookies, Trey Sermon, and Elijah Mitchell. The team can still utilize a healthy Raheem Mostert even with running back Jeff Wilson out on a torn meniscus and expected to miss about six months this upcoming season.
Gore isn’t an essential asset to their roster this season. But he can be used as a security blanket in case injuries arise. The 49ers are known for injury-prone, low record seasons throughout the years and Gore can help prevent another low record season. The team can even execute what other teams have done in recent years and sign Frank Gore to a one-day contract for him to retire as a 49er.
Frank Gore mentioned retiring with the 49ers in March 2019. Retiring as a 49er is his best bet to sign with the team this upcoming season. But the franchise is unpredictable this season and fans will be waiting to hear their decision in the coming weeks.
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