“Parting with Gore would be tough, but this might be the time to get value for him,” writes Sando. “Gore is entering the final year of his contract amid durability concerns. He turns 28 this offseason and will be 29 heading into his next contract, a dangerous age for running backs with high miles. The 49ers will have a hard time justifying an extension worthy of Gore’s many contributions to this point.”
Sando makes some great points. When you consider his age, mileage, injuries, and the fact that he’ll be looking for a new deal, it would make plenty of sense for the team to field offers on their running back. As we routinely discuss, running backs are as replaceable as any position currently in the NFL. Gore is a great talent but he comes with plenty so the possibility of trade remains.
“Gore’s carries have declined every season since he became a starter. I’d be surprised if he suddenly became more durable, or if he remained productive at age 30,” adds Sando.
One team that may have interest could be the New England Patriots considering that they have plenty of draft picks and they tend to look for veteran running backs as opposed to younger players for the position.