49ers’ GM Trent Baalke says Frank Gore won’t need to take a pay cut

San Francisco 49ers’ running back Frank Gore will be entering the final year of his contract in 2014 and is due to earn $6.45 million dollars. Considering Gore will be 31 in May, there was some speculation that he may be asked to take a pay cut by the team so they have more flexibility to resign some of their impending free agents. When asked about the subject, general manager Trent Baalke said that the 49ers would not have to ask Gore to reduce his salary.

“We’re in good shape from the cap’s standpoint, so the decision on that (is) there’s really no decision to be made,” said Baalke. “We can move forward exactly as is, if that’s what we choose to do.”

Gore finished ninth in the NFL in rushing with 1,128 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 2013. He played 75 percent of the team’s offense snaps which was the most action he’d seen since 2006.

“How can you argue with the statistics?” Baalke said. “And he brings so much more to the team than the stats. Frank is an extremely passionate guy and loves the game of football and loves the organization. He’s everything you’re looking for from a DNA standpoint. He’s an awfully good football player and he’s a great teammate.”

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