49ers extend Baalke's deal

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49ers extend Baalke's deal

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Jed York will be featured on Chronicle Live on Monday, joined by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, Saint Mary's men's basketball coach Randy Bennett and tennis legend John McEnroe, who starred at Stanford.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York announced Friday via Twitter that the 49ers had extended the contract of GM Trent Baalke through 2016. The team followed with a formal announcement confirming the deal.

York posted the following message shortly after 1:30 p.m.:
Excited to announce our amazing GM, Trent Baalke's contract is extended until, 2016 and @GideonYu has been promoted to be our new President.

York was 49ers president and CEO. In correspondence with 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco he said that he is now just CEO.

The new team president, Yu, is also co-owner. Previously a top executive with Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo, Yu joined the 49ers in April of 2011 as chief strategy officer. He will be responsible for all business operations. Baalke will continue to lead all football operations. Both will report to York.

"It's a good day for the 49ers," York told CSNBayArea.com.

Last season was Baalke's seventh season with the 49ers and his 14th in the National Football League. He was named general manager on January 4, 2011.

In a press release York praised Baalke's work over the past year, which was highlighted by a berth in the NFC Championship.

Without question Trent has distinguished himself as the man to direct our football operations for years to come," York said in a statement. "Since taking over as general manager last January, we have made great strides on the football field under Trents leadership. It gives me great pleasure to watch Trent and (head coach) Jim (Harbaugh) work arm-in-arm with the common goal of leading the 49ers to championships.

He is credited with overseeing a stellar 2011 draft that netted pass-rushing specialist Aldon Smith, who finished with 14 sacks last season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, cornerback Chris Culliver and running back Kendall Hunter.

In 2010 his guidance on draft day led to the selection of eight players who made San Francisco's Week 1 roster. The class included first-rounders Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, who both went on to start every game of their rookie year.

Prior to his current post, Baalke was San Francisco's vice president of player personnel. He's also served as the team's director of player personnel.

Baalke was first hired by the 49ers in 2005 as their western region scout, after working for the Redskins as national scout and then college scouting coordinator. He was also a scout for the Jets from 1998 to 2000.

From 1990 to 1995, Baalke held the position of defensive linestrength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State. He helped promote former Pro Bowl guard Adam Timmerman and current NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri to scouts.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at North Dakota State, in 1989. The team finished with a 14-0 record and a Division II National Championship.

I would like to thank Jed, and the York family, for this great opportunity and show of support, Baalke said in a statement released by the team. In addition, I would like to thank coach Harbaugh, as well as our coaches, players, scouts, and entire football operations staff for their hard work and dedication this season. The success we experienced on the field was a direct result of their efforts. It is a privilege to work for the 49ers organization, alongside this group, as we continue our pursuit of championships.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.