- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2011

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (AP) - Frank Gore’s agent has arrived at 49ers team headquarters, and the two-time Pro Bowl running back is encouraged that progress might be made toward the new contract he wants.

Drew Rosenhaus was scheduled to meet Monday with the team, though Gore wasn’t sure when the process would begin. He has repeatedly said he would like a new long-term commitment from the team before the Sept. 11 season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

The 28-year-old Gore, who missed the final five games last season with a fractured right hip, told The Associated Press it’s “a step” in the right direction that Rosenhaus and the Niners brass are meeting face to face.

Gore wants to be a 49er “for my career.”