49ers Free Agency: GM Trent Baalke's Redemption?

This post was written by Matt Hamm

The 49ers were mostly silent when free agency began with several of the teams own free agents leaving for other teams while the franchise sat and watched other teams load up on big names.  The faithful were tested, opinions varied as fans became more and more impatient, and the strategy seemed to be taking the team in the wrong direction.  Since then the 49ers have arguably upgraded most of the positions where they lost key free agents.  First the 49ers inked CB Carlos Rogers, S Madieu Williams, and C Jonathan Goodwin upgrading the cornerback and center position significantly while adding depth at safety.  Last Thursday it was capped off by signing one of the premier WRs in the NFL in Braylon Edwards and upgraded the SS position with Donte Whitner.

This is undeniable proof that the franchise has a real vision.  Every regime talks about having a vision, we’ve heard it all before “We’re going to play Fysical football” (still makes me cringe).  The vision started when the team won the Harbaugh derby.  When the coach signed on to be the next HC of our proud franchise he and the front office talked about how they were on the same page with this vision and it just seemed right.  We are seeing phase 1 of that plan now, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this confident in those in charge of my beloved San Francisco 49ers.

The team liked some of its own free agents that left, evidence in the Aubrayo Franklin visit and the knowledge that the team had interest in bringing back Takeo Spikes.  They just weren’t stupid enough to overspend on long term deals for veterans of a 6-10 team.  Instead they stuck to the plan, remained patient, didn’t go crazy for any one big name.  They waited for the dust to settle before making any moves of significance.  And why not?  This is the deepest free agent class in the history of the NFL due to the fact that so many players are free this year, since last year had special rules being the last year of the collective bargaining agreement.  The team acted with their heads, knowing quality players would still be around for the right price.

The NFL is crazy, you never know what is going to happen, a team can go 3-13 then turns around and wins the Super Bowl.  Just a couple days ago 49er fans were calling for GM Trent Baalke’s head, now some are speculating that this could be the best offseason since the historic offseason of 1994.  Fans and media alike saw a team that had no center, no true #1 CB or WR and in desperate need of a safety after suffering some free agent losses.   Now the 49ers have made huge upgrades at C, CB, WR and S.  How do you like Trent Baalke’s plan now?


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