Source: Baalke will get job as 49ers GM


Source: Baalke will get job as 49ers GM

Dec. 29, 201049ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMindi Bach

SANTA CLARA -- The speculation that vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke will become the 49ers' next general manager reached a crescendo after NFL analyst Mike Lombardi declared They are going to hire Trent Baalke after he himself interviewed for the position.

The statement may technically be Lombardis opinion, but a well-placed source confirmed to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Wednesday that, yes, Baalke is the guy.

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Team president Jed York told colleague Matt Maiocco that he and Baalke will sit down for a formal interview for the position, possibly this Saturday. But Baalke has been in a working interview ever since he assumed many of the general manager duties following Scot McCloughan's departure in March. Baalke, York and the Paraag Marathe, executive vice president of football and business operations, are said to have a strong working relationship.

Its not difficult to connect the dots. York admires the way in which Thomas Dimitroff has turned things around in Atlanta.

Before becoming the Falcons general manager, Dimitroff was a scout with the Patriots for six seasons. Baalke broke into the league as a scout in 1998, joining the 49ers as a Western Regional Scout in 2005.

Dimitroff is known as a skilled evaluator of talent. Baalke is seen as the same. Both often worked together on the road. Both share the same agent. York also told Maiocco he will seek the insight of Bill Parcells regarding the position. Baalke got his start with the Jets under Parcells' tutelage.

MAIOCCO: Talking with Parcells a good move

Lombardi predicted Baalke will be named the GM in the next 48 hours. That timeline may be off, but regardless of when, I was told the Baalke hire will happen.

As far as a head coach, the 49ers are indeed interested in Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, mainly for his ability to develop a quarterback. He is also said to be a "good collaborator" who can "put his ego aside."

Those phrases are big buzz words for York. The unknown is Harbaugh's interest in joining the 49ers and if he and Baalke have enough common ground to work together. If York is true to his word and the next general manager has the complete authority to hire the next head coach, it would be Baalke's call.

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office. 

[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]

On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095. 

The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.

The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A league source told the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.