INDIANAPOLIS – General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers don’t need to ask running back Frank Gore to slash his salary.
So if the 49ers don’t need Gore to reduce his pay to fit into the 49ers’ plans for this season, it seems unlikely they will approach him this offseason about taking anything less than his scheduled $6.45 million figure.
After all, coach Jim Harbaugh graded Gore’s performance in 2013 “A-plus-plus.” When informed of Harbaugh’s grade, Baalke assigned his own “A-plus-plus.”
Those are not the kind of reviews that would give the 49ers any justification to force the nine-year veteran to play for one penny less than he did last season.
Here’s a look at some other 49ers contract situations, based on conversations with sources at the NFL Scouting Combine:
QB Colin Kaepernick: The 49ers and Kaepernick’s representation sat in the middle of a popular Indianapolis restaurant on Friday night, drawing attention to the fact the sides are speaking about a contract extension. Kaepernick is entering the final year of his original four-year contract.
What will it take to get a deal done?
The deal that Kaepernick’s representation is expected to use as the floor for negotiations is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s extension. Cutler signed a seven-year extension in January. The first three years amount to $18 million annually, after which time the Bears can part ways without any financial burden.
WR Anquan Boldin: Both sides have made it clear they want to get something done, and coach Jim Harbaugh disclosed things are heading in a "positive direction."
CB Carlos Rogers: He is currently scheduled to be the highest-paid player on the team with salary and bonuses totaling $6.6 million. The 49ers asked him to take a pay cut last season, and he declined. He ended up playing for his scheduled salary after Chris Culliver sustained a season-ending injury in training camp. Sources indicate the 49ers will want him to reduce his salary by more than half. If he declines, the 49ers will release him.
WR Jonathan Baldwin: After being acquired in a trade for A.J. Jenkins, Baldwin did not make a contribution in his first season with the 49ers. He will need a strong offseason to stick with the 49ers this season, but he helped his chances when he agreed to accept a pay reduction from $1.4 million to $645,000.
“It was just taking a look at the contract that was in place and doing a deal that we felt was in the best interest of him and the organization,” Baalke said.
S Craig Dahl: Donte Whitner, who is scheduled to be a free agent, is looking for more than what the 49ers appear willing to offer at this point. Dahl could find himself in the mix to compete for a job – but probably not for the $1.65 million he is scheduled to make. The 49ers are expected to look into reducing his pay.