Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by LoneWolf:
Gore wants this kid http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/02/20/shared-histories-gore-has-reached-out-to-south-carolina-rb-lattimore/
I don't know if he wants him here considering if Lattimore is drafted, it could be interpreted as a sign that he is being shown the door. I don't think it is a guarantee that Gore retires after his contract expires in 2014. Could the 49ers keep them all (Gore, Hunter, James, and Lattimore) after 2014? It really depends on how much longer Gore wants to play and money. I do believe he could take handing the reigns over the a guy like Lattimore considering the similarities in their college careers. If he is there at 93, and he should be available, I want the 49ers to draft him.
For me there are three reasons to drafting the replacment for gore.
1. Injury insurance
2. Hunters achilles injury is worrisome.
3. LMJ does not seem like a back that can carry a large load.
I think gore has a few more years left, but he will begin to see reduced carries as time goes on. The benefit of having a guy like lattimore, is you have no rush to start him. Allow him to fully recover, then after a season of sitting he can begin to share carries. If gore wants to continue to play after his contract, he will come back for a fair price. he wont want to play for another team, and there is always room on a roster for guys like gore.. When gore finally desides its time to retire the transition is hopefully seamless with no drop off in production.