Trent Baalke opened up about the San Francisco 49ers signing Colin Kaepernick to a long-term deal during the annual NFL Owners Meeting this past week in Orlando, Florida. A day after Jim Harbaugh expressed his desire to get a deal done quickly, Baalke went as far as to say that he wanted a deal done before the season started. According to 49ers.com:
We’re going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp. That’s the objective right now, as it stands.
He then was asked by reporters about the possibility of using the Franchise Tag. His response should make sense, as it would seem to be one most good GM’s would use, more or less:
I’ve said this before: The franchise tag is a tool we can use. It’s not something we like to do… We’re going to use all resources to keep our football team together. Will we use it in this scenario? It’s really too early to really go into that type of discussion.
It is a good sign that the 49ers are so vocal about getting a deal done with Kaepernick. It means the likelihood is good that, sooner rather than later, a deal will get done. Hopefully Harbaugh’s deal is in a similar state.