Gore gears up for start of the season with 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Running back Frank Gore is hoping to get a new long-term deal from the San Francisco 49ers before the season opener.

Such a commitment would not be unprecedented from a franchise that rewarded All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis last year and then tight end Vernon Davis on the eve of the 2010 opener at Seattle.

Gore's situation is slightly different considering the 28-year-old two-time Pro Bowler missed the final five games last season with a fractured right hip sustained in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29.

Gore insists he feels 22 again and is completely healthy. And he looks it.

Gore certainly will seek a contract comparable to the $43 million, five-year deal Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams -- 20 days older than Gore -- recently received from the Panthers.