SANTA CLARA, Calif. San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore understands why Seattle Seahawks holdout Marshawn Lynch is trying to cash in while he can.
Yeah, you've got to, Gore told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. You never know at the (running back) position. When you've got leverage, you've got to go get it.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told USA TODAY Sports on Friday it's a contract for a reason, providing a strong indication the 49ers' NFC West rivals aren't inclined to appease Lynch with more money.
Lynch is due $5.5 million this season and $7.5 million next. Fellow running back Jamaal Charles also had two years left on his deal before the Kansas City Chiefs gave him a two-year contract extension and a $4.4 million raise in 2014.
Jamaal Charles he got it. I hope Marshawn get it, too, Gore said. I respect Marshawn's game a whole lot. I think he's the one that makes that offense go over there. I respect their team. I respect their quarterback (Russell Wilson). But Marshawn is just a beast, man. A beast.
Gore, 31, is due $6.45 million in the last year of his own contract and he comes off his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years. Is his own upcoming contract negotiation on his mind?
I just play ball, Gore said. Hopefully, I just go out there and try do whatever it takes to get me the trophy, man, and see how I go from there. I'm enjoying it. I'm blessed to be 10 years and still be able to be in the NFL. I'm just taking it one day at a time, one year at a time.
If I have a great year this year, then hopefully, they're going to re-sign me or somebody will. I still love it. I want to walk away when I want to walk away.