Gore-49ers situation described as 'volatile'

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Gore-49ers situation described as 'volatile'

Aug. 21, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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When the 49ers drafted running back Frank Gore in the third round of the 2005 draft, they were not sure how long his body would hold up.After all, his college career was cut short due to serious knee injuries. And he is not the kind of runner to shy away from contact, though he does run with a low center of gravity, giving defensive players a difficult target.There was division within the 49ers in 2007 about how to approach his first contract extension. Then-coach Mike Nolan had an affinity for Gore, and he wanted to take care of him. So after Gore rushed for a team-record 1,695 yards, they tore up the rest of his contract and gave him a significant raise.PFT: With Gore, 49ers far apart, trade request next?
Even though the 49ers could have controled his rights for at least two more seasons, they awarded him a new contract that contained four years of new money, including a signing bonus of 6.5 million and an option bonus of more than 4 million.Now that Gore is entering the final year of his contract, he wants another extension. The 49ers promised him good-faith negotiations to end his brief holdout, and it seemed likely that a new deal would be coming his way before the start of the regular season."Hopefully, it will get done before the season," Gore said last week. "If it doesn't, I've just got to go play and if I have to be a free agent, I'll be a free agent."Coach Jim Harbaugh has spoken optimistically about a deal that will keep Gore on the 49ers beyond this season. "I'm confident we'll work out something fair, hopefully soon," Harbaugh said.But Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, wrote Sunday that Gore is looking for "DeAngelo Williams money." That means five years, 43 million with 21 million guaranteed.There is no way the 49ers are going to give Gore anything approaching that kind of money. The situation is described as "volatile," and Gore's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could request a trade.Gore is still a great player, but the 49ers are reluctant to invest too much in his future. He is 28 years old, and he's played 16 games only once in his six NFL seasons. Gore is scheduled to earn 4.9 million (2.9 million base salary plus 2 million roster bonus) this season.
The 49ers are also working from a position of leverage, as they seemingly have more capable backups than ever: Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and, even, Xavier Omon.RELATED: 49ers notes: Hunter provides highlights
However, Gore is working from a position of strength, too. The 49ers are a much-better team when he's on the field. The team's hopes for Harbaugh's first season could rest with their ability to smooth things over with their best offensive player.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.