It's a pretty simple question when it all comes down to it. Last season, and even the season before, there were people on Niners Nation talking about trading running back Frank Gore. It was a minority, but a very vocal minority that honestly, became a little annoying. The trade ideas were totally unrealistic and not at all possible as a whole, added to the fact that it would be entirely insane anyway.
Yesterday, Matt Maiocco had his post about trading Gore, and came to the conclusion that he was still too valuable for this team. I also had my long look back, brief look forward post on halfbacks, and I echoed the same sentiments. To me, Gore is worth far too much, especially without knowing who the 49ers quarterback will be in 2011. We very well could be seeing a rookie, so you have to figure someone like Gore would be awfully nice to have around.
His hip is recovering nicely and ahead of schedule, so we're told - which means he should be good for another 1,000 yards in 2011, though it's a shame it will no longer be for the continuous record. The guy can run as well as just about anybody in the league, will get at least 400 yards receiving (likely more over the course of a season), can pass protect (which is crucial if there's a rookie quarterback there) and is just an overall leader on the football team.
Most importantly, the 49ers have nobody to replace him. Anthony Dixon isn't ready and Brian Westbrook might just be gone in 2011. Even knowing that there weren't any options last season, though, I still saw people suggesting a trade. People were thinking Gore should be traded for a second round pick while the 49ers had only Anthony Dixon, Glen Coffee and Michael Robinson for the foreseeable future. Yeah, alright.
So, anybody still think this?