Off the field, the San Francisco 49ers have undergone somewhat of a transformation since completing their 2014 NFL season with a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Coaches have been hired, dismissed and promoted from within. The comings and goings away from the gridiron though may have meant the franchise have taken their eye of the ball when it comes to player personnel.
That seems likely after veteran running back Frank Gore, two months removed from hearing GM Trent Baalke go on record to say that the 49ers wanted him to return in 2015, has gone public in urging the San Francisco management to get in touch regarding his uncertain future.
Gore used Valentine's Day to get his message across to the 49ers front office, posting the following message to his Instagram account on Sunday night.
"I know the fans love me but I need to know if the management does but I'm going to love my fans no matter what."
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The post has since been removed from Gore's official page. One other message in which Gore asks "Wht (sic) should I do" does though remain.
Clearly there has been little to no contact between the 49ers' new regime and the franchise's all-time leading rusher - a man whose impending free agency draws nearer by the day.
Having used a second round pick on fellow running back Carlos Hyde in last year's draft, and with Gore having seen his role in the 49ers offense reduced in the 2014 season, there is some debate as to whether the team will bring Gore back for next season.
This latest revelation from the player himself certainly doesn't look good for those Niners fans hoping to see him in the jersey again.
Still has what it takes?
Frank Gore may be approaching his 32nd birthday but, ranking 20th overall in the list of the NFL's all time rushers with 11,073 yards, he has a pedigree that many teams would love to have on board.
Putting up over 300 yards in his final two games of the 2014 season Gore too proved that he can still make an impact when given the chance.
If he is to stay with his beloved 49ers though it is likely Gore would be asked to take a paycut on the $6.25 million he earned last year.
The Baltimore Ravens, should they fail to agree a deal with their own free agent running back Justin Forsett, are rumored to be one team interested in taking Gore's talents away from San Francisco.
What do you think 49ers fans? Should Frank Gore return in 2015? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments section below...
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