GM Trent Baalke: No Big Free Agent Signings for 49ers

The complications of a possible but shorten off-season starting with free agency combined with a new coaching regime and system has 49ers general manager Trent Baalke leaning towards not making any big free agent signings.  In an interview with the blog Talking Points with Tim Kawakami, Baalke threw cold water on the dreams of signing a player like Nnamdi Asomugha.


“From a philosophical standpoint, we’re not going to be major players in free agency.”


There will be learning curves for everyone with the new systems Jim Harbaugh installs with the 49ers so brining in new free agents should not be an issue.  In the interview Baalke did go on to say the 49ers are more interested in re-signing their own free agents than signing someone like Asomugha.  I doubt Baalke will want to offer up any big contracts to free agents in his first off-season as officially GM.  Baalke will most likely have a modest approach to free agency making re-signing free agents a priority and not wanting to get stuck with bad contracts like the one to Nate Clements.  Asomugha would be a great addition to the 49ers but the contract he will demand will be too high with the risk of him becoming like Clements.

 “I’m a guy that likes to believe that you’re far better off dealing with the known than the unknown, right? You know your guys the best and if they are guys that you think are 49ers and 49ers moving forward, you’re going to try to everything you can to keep them, realizing it’s still a business and you can’t keep everybody. You can’t make everybody happy.”

49ers Top Players to Re-sign:

David Baas
Dashon Goldson
Alex Smith
Aubrayo Franklin
Manny Lawson

Topics: 49ers Free Agency, San Francisco 49ers, Trent Baalke

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  • alxlogan

    “I’m a guy that likes to believe that you’re far better off dealing with the known than the unknown, right?”

    Um, does that mean that he thinks the 49ers will always be “far better off” not signing free agents? Maybe he could do his frickin job and study the free agents and get to know them well enough to pursue the ones that will actually help the 49ers get to the Superbowl.

    Is this a cheap-skate York policy or does Baalke actually believe this?

    If Baalke actually believes in closing his mind and our team off to the free agent market, then I say that Baalke is not the man to take us to the Superbowl. Please fire him soon.