Gore officially signs three-year extension with 49ers


Gore officially signs three-year extension with 49ers

Aug. 31, 2011
CSNBayArea.com staff
As CSNBayArea.com reported yesterday. the 49ers have officially signed Frank Gore to the three-year contract extension through the 2014 season, the team announced via press release Wednesday.MAIOCCO: Gore extension right move for 49ers
Below is the official press release the team sent out:
The 49ers originally selected Gore in the third round (65th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.The collective goal all along was to allow Frank the unique opportunity to play his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers, and we are extremely pleased to have accomplished this, said General Manager Trent Baalke. We appreciate the diligent efforts of Drew and Jason Rosenhaus on Franks behalf, as they worked closely with Paraag Marathe to make this deal happen. Franks love for the Bay Area Community, play on the field and leadership within the locker room are equaled only by his passion for the game.REWIND: Gore agrees to three-year extension with 49ersA two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gore (5-9, 217) has been one of the top running backs in the NFL since entering the league in 2005. He has played in 84 games (71 starts), registering 1,371 carries for 6,414 yards (4.7 avg.) and 35 touchdowns while adding 270 receptions for 2,283 yards and nine touchdowns. Gore is also a two-time recipient of the 49ers Bill Walsh Award given annually to the team MVP.Gores 6,414 yards rushing rank third in franchise history and his 8,697 yards from scrimmage rank fourth. He is the only running back in franchise history to rush for over 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons (2006-09). Gore also holds the franchise record for most 100-yard games (24) and 200-yard games (two). He has led the 49ers in rushing every year since 2005, and in 2006, he led the NFC with 1,695 rushing yards.Since 2005, Gore ranks third in the NFL with 8,697 yards from scrimmage. Over that span, he also ranks fourth in the NFL with 6,414 rushing yards and fourth among all running backs with 2,283 receiving yards. Gores 4.7 yardscarry also rank second in the NFL.The 28-year-old native of Coral Gables, FL, starred collegiately at University of Miami, where he rushed for 1,975 yards, ranking seventh school history.

Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP


Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jimmie Ward was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp with a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced Friday morning.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Thursday that all of their players were healthy and no players would be headed to PUP or the non-football injury list.

But that was before the 49ers were scheduled to have their conditioning test. Ward sustained the injury on Thursday during the team's conditioning test. The team lists him as "week to week."

He can be activated to begin practice at any time. Ward is also eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Any player who opens the regular season on PUP is ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Ward is expected to be one of the key members of the 49ers' defense from the free safety position. His role is dubbed "The Eraser," fellow safety Eric Reid said, because of his role as a playmaker in the secondary. However, one of the major questions about Ward is his ability to remain healthy through the rigors of an NFL season.

Ward missed eight games as a rookie due to a foot injury. Last year, he sat out five games due to a shoulder injury.

Hyde 'flips switch,' aims to become best back in NFL


Hyde 'flips switch,' aims to become best back in NFL

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde has been the 49ers' unchallenged starter since the organization allowed Frank Gore to leave in free agency after the 2014 season.

Finally, he has been challenged.

The 49ers drafted Joe Williams in the fourth round, signed veteran Tim Hightower and acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade. Moreover, Hyde appears to be challenging himself, too.

“My goal is to be the No. 1 rushing running back in this league,” Hyde said. “I feel like I have the best opportunity to do that now with this new staff.”

General manager John Lynch said he has noticed Hyde “flipped a switch” in the offseason. Hyde remained in the Bay Area to use the 49ers’ facilities to work out and eat at the team’s cafeteria. At one point, he even asked coach Kyle Shanahan about being included on special teams.

Hyde reported to training camp Thursday at 228 pounds – the least he has weighed since his high-school days, he said. Hyde could be a good fit for Shanahan’s running scheme.

“It’s outside zone, which is downhill. I’m a downhill back. I feel like I fit the scheme very well,” said Hyde, who enters the final year of his contract.

Hyde had career-best totals of 988 yards and six touchdowns last season with a 4.6-yard average. Although the 49ers could use more a multi-pronged approach at running back, Hyde could be set up for a career year heading into free agency.

“I ran into him in the hall and he looks tremendous,” Lynch said. “He really has dedicated himself. He’s changed his body type this offseason and that to me at the least bit shows a commitment. There’s those stories, but we’re excited to see this whole thing as we take the next step.”