Fooch's Update: This just got a lot more interesting -
Free agent shocker: Frank Gore reconsiders potential/pending deal with the #Eagles, I’m told.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2015
With negotiations still ongoing — no deals are final — keep an eye on the #Colts for the coveted services of RB Frank Gore.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2015
The San Francisco 49ers offered running back Frank Gore a one-year contract for "roughly" $4 million, according to Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area. She refers to the offer in the present tense, and given that Gore cannot technically put pen to paper on a reported deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, that makes sense. All of the money would "essentially" be guaranteed, according to Bach.
It's unclear if there is any chance Gore returns to the 49ers at this point, or if this is just Bach reporting on San Francisco's offer. It stands to reason that the 49ers would keep the door open for Gore until the running back shuts it himself by signing with the Eagles. Gore has reportedly told people he plans on signing with the Eagles once he's allowed to -- at the start of the new league year on Tuesday.
Gore's deal with the Eagles is reportedly a three-year deal with $7.5 million guaranteed over the course of the first two seasons, and an average of $5 million per year. We can expect that means a total value of $15 million, though it's unlikely he'd ever see the third year of the deal. Obviously, this is a much more attractive offer than the 49ers have made.
That said, I don't think the 49ers' offer is terribly unappealing in the right situation. If, for instance, Gore only wanted to play for one more season, he could do the deal with San Francisco and he wouldn't have to join a new team before hanging up his cleats. But if the second year is a huge goal for him, then the remainder of the guaranteed money on the Philadelphia contract is significant.
San Francisco plans to work in Carlos Hyde as the starter, so Gore would be getting a reduced workload. With the Eagles, Gore would definitely be the starter and would take the bulk of the carries.