Posted by Will Brinson
Frank Gore didn't play on Saturday night when San Francisco got rolled 30-7 by the Texans. But he wasn't injured or anything -- the team held him out in preparation for a Monday meeting between the front office and Gore's agent Drew Rosenhaus where they'll discuss the running back's contract status.
Gore, as we've detailed numerous times, wants a new deal. And he's a bit frustrated by his situation (he's only getting paid $4.9 million in a walk year -- how can you blame him?!?) and may or may not be snapping at coaches during practice these days. But that doesn't mean Gore's going to holdout or demand a trade or anything.
He just wants to be "treated right."
"I want to be here," Gore said, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. "I want to be a 49er. I want to be treated right. Like I said, if it gets done, it gets done. If not, I'm going to be here for my teammates and my coaching staff."
Gore and Chris Johnson of the Titans -- who's currently embroiled in a much more contentious contract situation -- have been lumped together because they're both running backs with some wear-and-tear over the past few years who want to be paid more than they currently are.
But the situations are quite different. Gore's 28, whereas Johnson's 25 -- which one would you rather pay. Gore's also in the final year of his contract (Johnson has two years remaining) and is making multiple millions of dollars. Johnson's slated to make multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While the latter distinction might seem silly given the current state of the economy, there's little doubt that Johnson is substantially more undervalued relative to his production than Gore is, and it's not as Gore's getting seriously underpaid this year.
Which may explain why he's playing a little nicer when it comes to relations with the team than Johnson.
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