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Replacing Frank Gore...

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Frank Gore turns 30 years old this May, and even though he had a solid year, and I wish he could player forever, it's time we got serious about finding a long-term replacement for him. I'm not convinced that Kendall Hunter or LaMichael James can take the pounding that goes with being an every down back. They're more of a change of pace than a slashing power-runner like Gore. As for Anthony Dixon, his carries went down (again) this year, and I expect him to be released in the coming months.

So who should the 49ers look at drafting? They've got 14 picks this year, and I'm totally okay with them using a 2nd or 3rd round pick on an Eddie Lacy, Giovanni Bernard, Stefan Taylor, or Montee Ball.

As for free agency, I don't see much value in picking up older, high-mileage, backs (e.g. Ahmad Bradshaw) as they're prone to injury or aren't worth the drama (e.g. Brandon Jacobs). Your thoughts?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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