05 August 2011
On January 4th, the San Francisco 49ers hired Trent Baalke as General Manager. Reports were the hire might scare off Jim Harbaugh from wanting to be the next Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Mr Baalke proved them wrong. He has been underestimated every step of the way.
I thought he was wise to pass on Aubrayo Franklin who made $7 million last year. The 49ers walked away from high priced Nate Clements. Another good move. They sign all their draft picks before training camps even starts. They went out and go some of the top UDFA's in NT Ian Williams and ex Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli as a RB.
Then the free agents start to come in. They sign K David Akers, S Madieu Williams, S Donte Whitner, and C Jonathan Goodwin. Adam Schefter wrote: 49ers committed $16 mil in 2011 to Akers, Rogers, Goodwin, Whitner, Edwards, Williams. Raiders committed $16 mil in 2011 to Michael Huff. Great job, Mr Baalke!
Yesterday, the Niners signed Braylon Edwards to a 1 year $3.5 million deal. 49ers deal for Braylon is $1M base with no guaranteed money. Braylon only gets full $3.5M is he catches 90 passes and makes the Pro Bowl. If Mr Baalke announced a class for negotiating tomorrow, I bet it would sell out in seconds!
What is your opinion on the job performance of Trent Baalke?