The San Francisco 49ers had some preliminary discussions with Frank Gore's agent about a new contract, and it sounds like those might pick up this week. Trent Baalke and Jim Tomsula both expressed interest in re-signing Gore, but the process remains on-going.
According to Jason LaCanfora, Gore is seeking $4 million per year with his next contract. LaCanfora also reported people around the league think his best and possibly only chance to get that kind of money is if he returns to San Francisco.
My guess at this point is that Drew Rosenhaus is floating this number to see what kind of nibbles he can get around the league. For comparison's sake, Gore earned a $3.3 million base salary in 2014, a $2.75 million roster bonus, and a $400,000 workout bonus. That totaled $6.45 million in compensation.
If the 49ers are willing to provide Gore with this kind of contract, it is safe to say it would include a sizable chunk of roster bonuses and incentives. Here is a look at the running back rankings in terms of total cash. Total cash covers any base salary and bonuses. At this point, does anybody think Gore even gets a multi-year deal, or is he officially into year-to-year territory?
1. Adrian Peterson - $13,000,000
2. LeSean McCoy - $10,250,000
3. Matt Forte - $8,200,000
4. Marshawn Lynch - $7,000,000
5. Jamaal Charles - $6,700,000
6. Arian Foster - $6,500,000
7. Jonathan Stewart - $4,500,000
8. Steven Jackson - $3,750,000
9. Reggie Bush - $3,500,000
10. Shonn Greene - $3,350,000
11. Trent Richardson - $3,184,062
12. Darren Sproles - $3,100,000
13. Donald Brown - $3,000,000
13. DeAngelo Williams - $3,000,000
13. Toby Gerhart - $3,000,000