SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (AP) - Frank Gore’s agent is gone after what he considered a productive, all-day meeting Monday with the 49ers about a new contract for the two-time Pro Bowl running back.
Gore would not say Tuesday whether an initial proposal was made, only that he has instructed agent Drew Rosenhaus to let him know when there is what he considers a “fair” offer on the table. That hadn’t happened yet to Gore’s knowledge.
“Positive that they met face to face,” Gore said. “Drew felt good about everything, (about) the talk. Now, we haven’t made a decision. We haven’t gotten that done yet. We’ll see where they’re at. We’ll see where we’re at and hopefully we can get something done before the season.”
The 28-year-old Gore, third on San Francisco’s career rushing list heading into his seventh NFL season, has said he hopes for a new long-term deal before the Sept. 11 season opener against Seattle.
Both sides have been throwing around plenty of praise for the other party. 49ers team President Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke have said they want Gore to be a “49er for life.”
Gore said he even spoke to Baalke about working for the organization when he’s done playing.
“I told Drew, man, just call me when he feels right, when he feels what’s fair for both sides,” Gore said. “Hopefully I can be a Niner. I want to be here for my whole career. Our GM said he wanted me here for my whole career. Hopefully my side, their side can get it done.”
“I’m very optimistic because Frank’s a says-what-he-means, means-what-he-says guy,” Harbaugh said. “Our organization is the same exact way. Like we’ve said, we’ll deal with this man to man with Frank and with his agent, Drew, but Frank is a great guy. Frank is a true 49er. I’ve said that from when I first got here. That’s how I thought I would feel about Frank Gore. Now, I know how I feel about Frank Gore. The guy is awesome. Somebody should do a movie. Somebody should do the Frank Gore story, because it’s an awesome story.”
Gore didn’t play in last Saturday’s 30-7 loss to the Houston Texans, and Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether he would play in Thursday night’s exhibition finale at San Diego. It’s nothing new for him to sit, as Gore has rarely played during the preseason in the past.
Gore, who missed the final five games last season with a broken right hip, held out for the first four days of training camp but has been his energetic, focused self on the field ever since.
There have been no signs of his 2010 injury, either. Gore hurt the hip in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29.
“I haven’t noticed any lack of focus,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “He’s all in. He’s here. He’s been a part of everything. Jumped in full go, so I’m not really thinking or paying attention to any of that other stuff.”
Gore would like a contract comparable to the $43 million, five-year deal running back DeAngelo Williams _ 20 days older than San Francisco’s star _ recently received from the Carolina Panthers. That includes $21 million guaranteed. Williams missed the final 10 games last year with a sprained right foot.