Guard David Baas signed a one-year deal with 49ers on Tuesday. The signing was not a surprise, even though Baas was a restricted free-agent, because he signed a wavier in order to partake in the teams two-day organized team activities back in April. Baas started all 16 games last season at left guard and he is expected to start next season as well. However with the 49ers in need of an offensive tackle and a guard it is most likely that both positions will be drafted in the early rounds which could mean competition for Baas in training camp. Even though Baas got off to a slow start last season once he overcame injuries, he did not miss playing time, he finished the season solid helping the 49ers finish with an 8-8 record.
Baas was drafted by the 49ers in 2005 in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. It is a sure thing the 49ers will draft a tackle and guard in the early rounds of the draft but that may not the end of Baas as a starter. He has proven to be a versatile lineman the 49ers can count on to play more than one position when needed which is what makes him so valuable. From 2005-2008 he started 22 games at right guard and in 2006 he was a back-up at tackle. On top of it all he has a great work ethic and is a mentor on the team as he received the Bobb McKittrick Award last season which is given to the 49ers offensive lineman “who best represents courage, intensity and sacrifice as selected by his fellow offensive linemen.”