TORONTO - Frank Gore could have asked for a trade and a few weeks ago it seemed he would, but he wanted to remain in San Francisco.
Getting up there in age and with durability issues stemming from overuse early in his career, it didn’t seem like Gore would get the hefty extension he was after from the 49ers.
But Gore lowered his demands and on Tuesday agreed to a $21-million U.S. extension, with $13.5 million guaranteed.
That adds three more years onto his current $4.9-million deal.
It’s a fair pact for both sides. Gore simply wasn’t going to get what he was after and though the Niners have other options at running back — most notably young Kendall Hunter — Gore is a valuable player when at full strength.
Gore, the 28-year-old former Miami Hurricane, played a career-low 11 games last season, rushing for his lowest total since his rookie season.
However, he had played in at least 14 games every other season of his career and added a new wrinkle to his game — a better ability to catch passes — in his limited 2010 campaign.
Vick's rich again
From multi-millionaire with a long-term contract, to prison, to ... multi-millionaire with a long-term contract.
Such is the life of Michael Vick, who signed a six-year contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday worth up to $100 million U.S.
Vick has only been out of jail for around two years, but once again has a mega-deal.
On the heels of a tremendous comeback season, he became the third-highest-paid player in the league behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Vick had some sage advice.
“It’s a lot of money, however you look at it,” Vick said. “Obviously, it’s going to create a lot of demands. I know what comes along with it, and I know how to handle it. But it’s not even about the money. It’s about the changes that have been made in my life. Kids have an opportunity to see that you should never count yourself out.
“But at the same time, don’t put yourself in a position where you’ve got to make a miraculous comeback. That’s not what it’s about.”
Vick beat out opening-day starter Kevin Kolb last season. Now, Kolb has been traded and Vick will get a Week 1 start for the first time in five years.
Shockey saves teammate
Carolina tight end Jeremy Shockey saved fellow tight end Ben Hartsock’s life when a piece of pork tenderloin got stuck in his throat.
Hartsock’s agent said Shockey stepped in when another Panther unsuccessfully gave Hartsock the Heimlich maneuver. Shockey apparently punched Hartsock hard in the back and the meat was dislodged.
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