It’s being reported that Frank Gore is demanding a trade if he doesn’t get the contract he wants. This is an interesting moment for the Niners. Do they pay him a lot or trade him? There is no easy answer. I will say this — Bill Walsh generally traded players sooner rather than later. He did not want to pay them for previous service rendered when they were on the downside of their careers.

My gut feeling tells me the Niners could get high draft picks or a very good player for Gore. I think they should trade him. But I am a little uneasy writing that because he is a very good player.

Can you help me on this? What do you think the Niners should do?

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  1. Eddie

    I’d trade him for the following reasons, I don’t think he’ll play an entire season because he’ll get injured sooner than later, he’s been over used in the last 3 years of his career, i’d hate to see him go, but a second round and a key position would be great.. we have 3 runners who will easily fill his void

    August 21st, 2011 12:13 pm

  2. htwaits

    The Vikings made a dynasty out of the Cowboys trading their draft picks for a running back. If the Niners can find someone that dumb t trade with, I’d say “Do it!”

    August 21st, 2011 12:20 pm

  3. htwaits

    Maybe even half that dumb.

    August 21st, 2011 12:21 pm

  4. Josh

    Trade him. Definitely. 2 more “solid” seasons from him, or a high draft pick that will provide us with a player that can give us more than 2 solid seasons.

    August 21st, 2011 12:26 pm

  5. Ghost of Joe Thomas

    I actually thought that the reason the 49ers were playing Gore more this preseason than what is customary for him was an indication that they are showcasing him to teams for trade purposes. They want to demonstrate that he is back to full health. Gore will not be part of the Niners future after the rebuilding is complete, for the only reason that he’ll be a 30-year-old (or older) running back by that point. If they could work a deal for draft picks, that would be ideal because this team still has a lot of needs to fill in the next draft. The Titans come to mind as a possible trading partner, or maybe the Chargers. Gore is a great West Coast Offense running back because he is a superb pass blocker and receiver.

    August 21st, 2011 12:31 pm

  6. Al

    Frank Gore is a great running back with he does make the 49ers a better team every time he takes on the field. Bu,t for how much longer? The average shelf life of a running back in the NFL has diminished significantly and if the Niners can get a decent back and a 2nd/3rd rounder from trading Gore, it will be great for the team. We can give a lot of opponents looks with the power from Dixon, and speed from Hunter. I don’t see Omon being a factor.

    Running Back by Committee!!

    August 21st, 2011 12:37 pm

  7. Stan

    Trade. Even with Hill and Martz little Frank couldn’t get this team into the playoffs in his prime. He’s in LaDamian Thompson territory…only with a hip fracture.
    Frank was a good back that seemed great for a team that was horrid. Who knows? on a great team he would have been a future dancing with the stars quality back.
    Right now Frank isn’t the breakaway at any time man he once was. Any good offer should be taken.

    August 21st, 2011 12:38 pm

  8. Dublin John

    Sign him to a big contract but only make the first two years guaranteed or equivalent sign on bonus, thus reducing the risk after age 30. Thus I would give him around $40M for 5 yrs or 8M/yr with 16 guaranteed. Trent will not be able to replace him this year with a trade, Dixon sucks and the jury is still out on Hunter (last night’s performance mainly done again 2nd/3rd teams of the Raiders). The offense needs a legit running game to be successful.

    August 21st, 2011 12:39 pm

  9. Ghost of Joe Thomas

    And let me add that if the Niners DO trade Frank Gore, I hope it’s as good a trade for SF as the trade was for Buffalo when the real Joe Thomas traded for OJ in 1978. To recap, Buffalo received the 49ers second and third-round picks in ’78, first and fourth-round picks in ’79, and second-round pick in ’80. And that ’80 pick was used for future Pro-Bowl running back Joe Cribbs.

    August 21st, 2011 12:41 pm

  10. Bob In Pacifica


    If he refuses to play without a fat new contract, how much value would he be to another team that would have to shell out for a fat new contract? Plus, running backs just aren’t that hard to come by.

    I’d like him to remain on the roster, but he’s overpricing himself. If he sits out he’ll essentially cut himself off from the last year of his contract, making him worthless. His agent needs to sit him down and explain the facts of life to him.

    August 21st, 2011 12:49 pm

  11. Tiburon Dave

    Move him…this team needs draft picks…

    August 21st, 2011 1:01 pm

  12. Pat

    Why does a player with a history of injury, who is returning from major surgery and is still under contract, think he deserves a new contract with a big boost in pay? Show me the ability to take hit after hit, then let’s talk. Gore doesn’t have 16 games in his body for one year, let alone several.

    August 21st, 2011 1:03 pm

  13. Seth

    I really like Frank, he’s a class act, a great player and a leader in the locker room. However a quality running back is easier to replace than say a quality quarterback, everybody sit back down I’m not referring to Alex Smith I’m merely making a hypothetical statement. If the 49ers can get some good draft picks then I think that would be a better long term solution for the team than giving Gore a good pay day. Plus if Gore gets traded, I’m sure his next team would be more willing to pay him.

    August 21st, 2011 1:04 pm

  14. Mike

    They probably wouldn’t get more than a 5′th round pick for him. If that’s the case, let him play out his contract.

    August 21st, 2011 1:05 pm

  15. Stan

    To echo Eddie-Singletary burned six years off of Gore in three.

    August 21st, 2011 1:40 pm

  16. Stan

    oop-In less then three come to think of it. Singletary just made Frank a human battering ram.

    August 21st, 2011 1:42 pm

  17. Kay

    Trade him….as fast as you can!

    August 21st, 2011 1:43 pm

  18. Neal

    If Brian Sabean was the GM, he would probably give Gore a 5 year guaranteed contract but thank goodness he is not. Gore was and is a great 49er, he has maybe 2 to 3 years left, if we can get a hight draft pick, or maybe Johnson from Tampa, let’s do it. How about trading him to the Bengals so we can get Carlson Palmer who is doing nothing at the moment.

    August 21st, 2011 1:56 pm

  19. Dennis

    I would trade him, Crabtree, and Taylor Mays to the Bengals for the number 1 pick next year. Throw in a few footballs if necessary. We are trying to get rid of Mays, it dosen’t look like we need Crabtree and running backs are a dime a dozen. But Andrew Luck – very rare. Also the Bengals really like Andy Dalton. so they are probably going to trade the number 1 pick anyway.

    August 21st, 2011 2:19 pm

  20. Mel James

    Trade Gore. He’s at the end of the line, and the Niners will be well served to trade him while they can still get a quality player at a pposition where they have a need. (NOTE: That is not QB.)

    August 21st, 2011 2:49 pm

  21. Rich Kallet

    It likely comes down to the math, both about Gore, the salary cap and where the organization thinks it should realistically be this year. The fact is that the average “life expectancy” of a RB in the NFL is approximately 7 years. Gore is already in his 7th year, Singletary flogged him like a rented mule, and he’s had injuries the past few years. As great as Roger Craig was in 1988, by 1989 (his 7th year), he was a showing obvious signs of deterioration was a mere shadow of himself by 1990. If the Niners had a realistic shot at the play-offs (i.e.: NOT a “one-and-out” appearance), I would front load a short-term contract and keep him. As that is not in the to play on a contender team. It would be nice to see him get there (even if the 49erws can’t).

    August 21st, 2011 3:48 pm

  22. Rc

    They should extend him for two years and be generous. Your not going to get anything for an old running back on the trade market.

    August 21st, 2011 4:13 pm

  23. bigandbold

    You can put me square in the “Trade Him” camp… for many of the same reasons already expressed above…

    August 21st, 2011 4:48 pm

  24. Mark M

    I admire Frank as he really has been the only real offense we’ve seen here for years. He absolutely ATTACKS the defense and he’s joy to watch and a guy whom can do it all….block, run, catch. But….tis the season to rebuild. Frank is getting really bad advice trying to force this thing. Is there really a market for RB, talented as he is, whom has reconstructed knees, so many tough miles, coming off a friggin hip injury in a league that burns out most RBs in a couple of seasons? Yikes Frank. I wouldn’t sign him to a long term contract either this year so I agree with the 49ers strategy on this thus far. I hope he goes to a team with a serious chance to make a playoff/Super Bowl run a la Tomlinson to the Jets.

    August 21st, 2011 5:01 pm

  25. chris

    I agree with Kay…….trade him immediatley…….the guy has been injury prone and with one more injury, the guy will be worthless………and the 49ers should be getting rid of the old regime players anyhow, who know nothing but how to lose thanks to Singletary and Jednick……

    August 21st, 2011 5:15 pm

  26. CoachPatrick

    Ship him to the Bengals for Carson Palmer and a 4th round pick.

    August 21st, 2011 6:15 pm

  27. Johnc

    Gore has been a tremendous warrior for the niners. But if his agent insists on a long term contract or too much dough for a short term contract then you have to trade him.
    I have to agree with Walsh’s successful philosophy of sooner rather than later. I hope Gore and the niners can work things out. Gore has to listen to reason and not press this issue.

    August 21st, 2011 9:12 pm

  28. Dale

    I was a bit shocked to see the words “Trade Gore?” but after I thought about it, it makes sense. They seem to have a good compliment of backs that can do the job well, and Gore could bring something they don’t have, like a lock down cornerback or a veteran quarterback like Johnson from Tampa. Of course, if he stays, that’s not a bad thing, either.

    August 22nd, 2011 1:13 am

  29. Stan

    Although,trading Gore while always giving to Alex is a symptom of the 49ers loser qualitys under Jed and family.

    August 22nd, 2011 8:06 am

  30. Lo Sbandato

    RB is probably the position with the shortest productivity window. If they can get a decent younger replacement, or maybe help in a couple of spots, a trade would be a good for a team that still has a long road ahead to being a contender.

    August 22nd, 2011 9:46 am

  31. KauaiRobert

    (Shaking my head in disbelief)
    You people are NUTS!!!
    Injuries aside, Gore is still a stud RB and been basically the Niners ENTIRE offense the last few years.
    Now if he’s not truely recovered from his injuries, there may be an arguement in favor of shipping him…and, of course, NO player is untradeable in my opinion…but does anyone actually think they’ll get equal value in return?
    Trust me, he won’t be traded and the team will be better off because they kept him.

    August 22nd, 2011 11:33 am

  32. harry

    I would trade him only if we get 1st rounder and starter. Gore is prone to fumbles at key times of the game, plus he is beat up. The offense need Gore this year, but eventually Harbaugh will not make the RB the focal point of the offense.

    August 22nd, 2011 11:47 am

  33. Alan M

    I love Gore, but this is a rebuilding team and his trade value could help to accelerate the rebuilding, and give us another chip to trade for Luck. Just imagine, we get a #2 pick for Gore. Then we trade our #1, two #2s, and a 5. That should bring us some Luck!

    This year, we go get Brian Westbrook. Presto. Nothing lost! He’s a better fit with the WCO anyway and he’s there for the taking!

    August 23rd, 2011 9:07 am

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