The 49ers gave draft general manager Trent Baalke a four-year contract extension and named him vice president of player personnel. Baalke will have final say over draft picks and will work with Mike Singletary on the 53-man roster with Singletary having final say over the roster. Baalke will not be in charge of budgets or the firing of the head coach, duties typically given to a GM. Those powers will rest in Jed York’s hands. The move shows that the 49ers are comfortable going into the season without an official general manager and would rather have a team work on all the issues without one person in charge as a normal GM. I give some credit to York for not taking full control over all matters ala Jerry Jones however I wonder how smart it is to go into a season without an official GM. True, there are not many suitable candidates outside the 49ers organization that could come in and make an impact however this might signal a move will be made after the season when the pool is bigger and better. The 49ers could have hired Baalke as GM but he has no experience with budgets so that might be a reason why he was not given full control. Baalke earned his new title with how great he did drafting players to fill gaping holes on offense and defense.
Other front office moves:
David McCloughan (Scot McCloughan’s brother) has left the 49ers and will be replaced by Joel Patten as the new director of college scouting.
Matt Malaspina was promoted from regional to national scout.
Justin Chabot was promoted from scouting the South region of college football to the Southeast region.
Bob Morris was hired to replace Chabot as the South region scout.
The personnel department led by Tom Gamble will be more involved in drafting players.