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Gore Waiting for "Fair" Offer

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

     Frank Gore's agent is gone after what he considered a productive, all-day meeting Monday with the 49ers about a new contract for the two-time Pro Bowl running back.
            Gore would not say Tuesday whether an initial proposal was made, only that he has instructed agent Drew Rosenhaus to let him know when there is what he considers a "fair'' offer on the table. That hadn't happened yet to Gore's knowledge.

            ``Positive that they met face to face,'' Gore said. ``Drew felt good about everything, (about) the talk. Now, we haven't made a decision. We haven't gotten that done yet. We'll see where they're  at. We'll see where we're at and hopefully we can get something done before the season.''
            The 28-year-old Gore, third on San Francisco's career rushing list heading into his seventh NFL season, has said he hopes for a new long-term deal before the Sept. 11 season opener against Seattle.
            Rosenhaus' office said it had no comment, and Rosenhaus didn't immediately return an email from The Associated Press.
            Both sides have been throwing around plenty of praise for the other party. 49ers team President Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke have said they want Gore to be a ``49er for life.''
            Gore said he even spoke to Baalke about working for the organization when he's done playing.
            ``I told Drew, man, just call me when he feels right, when he feels what's fair for both sides,'' Gore said. ``Hopefully I can be a Niner. I want to be here for my whole career. Our GM said he
     wanted me here for my whole career. Hopefully my side, their side can get it done.''
            Gore, who missed the final five games last season with a broken right hip, held out for the first four days of training camp but has been his energetic, focused self on the field ever since.
            There have been no signs of his 2010 injury, either. Gore hurt the hip in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29.
            Gore would like a contract comparable to the $43 million, five-year deal running back DeAngelo Williams 20 days older than San Francisco's star recently received from the Carolina
     Panthers. That includes $21 million guaranteed. Williams missed the final 10 games last year with a sprained right foot.
            Gore needs 931 yards to become the franchise's all-time leading rusher. While that is a goal, he also wants to have a big year to help turn the 49ers around after eight straight seasons without a playoff berth or winning record.
            He ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns last year before getting hurt in his sixth NFL season. Gore also caught 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. His 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers history.
            The 49ers rewarded two other key players with long-term contracts last year.
            Tight end Vernon Davis signed a five-year extension worth $37 million overall, including $34 million guaranteed, a night before the 2010 season opener. That made him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.
            In May of last year, All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis received a $50 million, five-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money. He earns $10 million per season.