Maiocco contends that the deal presents very little risk to the San Francisco 49ers.
The deal runs through 2014 and is slated to give Gore $21 million from 2012 through 2014. Of that, $13.5 million is guaranteed.
But the contract includes some telling details. The former University of Miami star, who is going into his seventh year, has to achieve some tough performance standards—such as 1,600 rushing yards in each of the last three seasons—to earn the full benefit of the contract.
In other words, much of what Gore ends up with depends on how well he does. In any case, this is a deal that will guarantee his retiring as a 49er. It also secures his inexorable quest to become the team’s all-time leading rusher, which he could achieve with more than 930 yards to surpass Joe Perry.
And that’s just the start. Here are five reasons why Gore’s contract was worth it.