The Jim Harbaugh era is getting off to a bumpy start as Adam Schefter and Michael Lombardi are reporting that 49ers running back Frank Gore is planning to hold out from training camp. Gore is entering the final year of a contract that was actually quite friendly for the 49ers considering Gore was coming off a record-setting 2006 season. The contract was valued at $28.012 million over five years. This final season includes a $2.9 million base salary and a $2 million roster bonus.
Gore has been a steal for the 49ers since they drafted him out of the University of Miami in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In six seasons Gore has pushed his way towards the top of the 49ers rushing record book with 6,414 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has been integral in the passing game with 270 receptions and 2,283 receiving yards.
The big issue is that Gore is coming off a hip fracture in 2010 that cost him the final five games of the season. All indications are that he is fully recovered, but at 28 years old, one has to wonder how much the 49ers would be willing to commit to him and how much he is asking for in return.
We'll be back with plenty more details as the 49ers training camp opens on Thursday, at which point we'll know a bit more about this holdout. For more on the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation.