Five-year deal for Frank

The San Francisco 49ers appreciate a good thing when they see it and want to make sure he's happy. That good thing is their young Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore.

Jay Glazer of was the first to report that the Niners have agreed to terms on a new five-year deal with their starting running back, a player San Francisco didn't have to lock up so quickly because he still had time left on his rookie deal.

Gore was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next season, and the 49ers could have held onto his rights at least through the 2009 season.

Gore had one year remaining on his original three-year contract he signed as the 49ers' third-round draft choice in 2005. Four additional years were added to that contract. According to reports on, the value of the five-year deal is $28.012 million.

Gore, who was scheduled to make $435,000 in base pay in 2007 under the terms of his previous contract, will receive a reported $6.5 million signing bonus and making nearly $14 million in guaranteed money over the life of the deal.

According to figures reported by ESPN, the contract will pay Gore $13.862 million in its first two seasons and $18.212 million in the first three years.

Base salaries are $450,000 (for 2007), $2.5 million (2008), $2.5 million (2009), $2.85 million (2010) and $2.9 million (2011). The contract includes a $4.165 million option bonus and roster bonuses of $1.75 million (2009), $1.85 million (2010) and $2 million (2011). Gore's full base salary of $2.5 million in 2009 is guaranteed.

Heading into this third year, Gore was the NFC's rushing champion last season with a team-record 1,695 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. He overcame fumble problems earlier in the year to rebound with consistency. He's also become a favorite of head coach Mike Nolan.

Gore, the NFC's starting running back in the Pro Bowl last year, also led the 49ers with 61 receptions last year, becoming the first player to lead the 49ers in both rushing and receiving since Roger Craig in 1988.

He also set a franchise record with 2,180 combined yards rushing and receiving, and his average of 5.43 yards per carry was one of the best in league history for a player that gained as many yards in a season as Gore.

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