Originally posted by hofer36:
a montae ball or laveon bell to replace frank gore. perhaps---i think frank's big contract may be where paraag marathe looks to find $ to extend kaepernick and aldon smith and mike iupati
a keenan allen, cordarelle patterson or justin hunter to replace crabtree when he leaves as a free agent--given that it takes receivers, usually, longer to adjust to pro game, better to get a rookie now and groom than when crabtree leaves
Frank Gore has never had a "big" contract. He's gotten paid well, but I wouldn't consider any of his deals big, as in, top running back money. Plus, Frank Gore is still a highly productive back. Not only that, but he's only under contract for 2 more seasons. A player like Carlos Rogers on the other hand is the one who may be on the hot seat. I don't think we are in as much trouble as people think. By 2015, Donte Whitner, Frank Gore, Justin Smith, possibly Carlos Rogers, Anquan Boldin, etc will all be off of the books. This flat cap should also be ending around that time. We will be fine.
As for finding talent for future need, we have a boatload of picks and really need to come away with 5 future starters out of this draft. The positions have already been discussed. We will need them not only to replace guys that have left, but also to prepare for future departures.