SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on August 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Earlier today, Pro Football Talk described Frank Gore's contract situation with the 49ers as "volatile." They based this on the comments of an anonymous source, but did not specify if it was a team source, a source close to Gore or what exactly. Additionally, they said it was possible the next step would be Gore requesting a trade. This came around the same time Adam Schefter tweeted that negotiations were going slowly and Gore was frustrated.
PFT also said that Gore wanted DeAngelo Williams money (5 years, $43M, $21M guaranteed) and because he hadn't gotten that yet, he was growing frustrated with the situation. I don't have the same sources as PFT so I can't really call BS on any of this at this point. Earlier in the preseason, Gore said that he hoped a deal would get done before the end of the season, but if he didn't then he was fine becoming a free agent.
That could very well just be the public front for a frustrated back, and it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case. He's one bad hit from losing out on a big free agent pay day so it makes sense that he would want to get paid as soon as possible. He's made some good money in his career, but he's in a position for one last big contract. And given some of the big money getting thrown around, particularly to a back like DeAngelo Williams, it makes for an interesting negotiation dynamic.
The 49ers saw their young running backs behind Gore step up with solid performances Saturday against the Raiders. Nonetheless, Gore is a proven commodity, which gives him a bit of leverage in the negotiations. It will be a situation we'll follow closely over the next few weeks and months.