5.17: Chronicle Live -- Trent Baalke (Part 2)
Baalke rejoins Greg Papa and Matt Maiocco to talk about the NFL lockout and Alex Smith.
In the general manager of the 49ers in studio -- -- -- -- -- -- -- As well this is what -- wild offseason for everybody in the NFL are you hanging on every word from. Commissioner and -- fashion the owners are trying to figure out. When this thing might be lifted and you go back to work. We're not hanging on and. Think right now what we're trying to do is he's just give ourselves -- The in the best possible position the most prepared we can be for when they get this thing does get resolved so that we can go to work and go to work from day one. And the coaches are put together all the schedules training get -- schedules that we're going through right now. And then I'm doing the same on the personnel side work we're already going down to Florida next week to get started up for next year's draft so there's a lot of things going on. And we're not hanging on every word but we're ready how. How long do you in the NFL people needed to sign up all these street free agents that are out there right now whether for your guy a five year ago or six -- guy you're going to camp on July 28. How many days before camp opens do you need to have that a lockout -- -- -- -- -- BA at least put in the place -- framework for new CBA to get these hundreds of guys put on football teams. Play you know that's hard to pinpoint you know when free agency opens its gonna be a whirlwind it's it's gonna happen quicker than usual. But teams -- -- more time to prepare and obviously you we've had the draft we know what our numbers are we know what I needs are a little bit more in terms of the free agent market. So it's it's gonna happen sooner than later innings in what it does like I say you got to be prepared to act and how we thought I could you hit every sign if you saw this thing July. 21 had to go to camp on time. I think we can't I'll bump -- confident saying that we can we have a full. Roster dead point eighty I don't know -- that remains to be seen but. You know what we we feel pretty good there weren't going to be in a position once this thing gets role in debt debt quickly and put our eighty man roster together -- as soon as we can't. How does the front -- school about prioritizing that series is the street free agents -- kids who didn't get drafted you and your own free agents you have guys. On other teams who will become available how do you go about. The it was seems like of all the chaos flying around how do you go about putting the can't plan in place to get those guys to come to the 49ers. Well you have to remember when you're ready for free agency in March so really a lot of that hasn't changed we were we're ready at that point to to do create that to them. The pro free agency. The college free agent market's going to be a little different I mean it's good. It's gonna happen like I said you know just like it goes after the draft. It's gonna happen quickly you got to be prepared so we spent a lot of time organizing the coaches the scouting department. So that when the doors there open in the calls can be made that will be ready that Dunn is -- different than other years and it's just like this sort that all hands on deck mentality. Where everybody's involved making phone calls. Is different from years past. We're not really it just different -- how it's happening because college free agency at the at the conclusion of the draft normally Wannstedt last pick is made the seventh round it's a free for all. You know you have to have all hands on deck at that point to get it done. Efficiently and effectively and so then that really hasn't changed it's just the timing of it now. Right for a very brief time low right when the NFL draft started April 20 ninth two guys did it open your doors for like half today in -- some of your players came back and including. Alex Smith who is not technically a party organization and He does not have a signed contract but He may have something more valuable -- that is Jim Harbaugh is playbook. Right now I mean that's probably -- twenty million dollars alone so is it is it safe to assume that Alex Smith is going to be your quarterback coming up to 2011. I think Jim and myself had a good bullpen did very -- And hope that when the time comes He makes the decision to come back. In. You -- looking forward to it. You know what our job you know I look at it like this straight our jobs to put the most competitive football team together that would keep him in spring and they did the best. Possible players in at each position and role and all the football let them compete. And -- we strongly believe that Alex is one of those eighty. It has been reported that He has a one year offer on the table right now I give it to them before. The lockout is that accurate you're looking to sign this guy just just for the 2011 season. Who really did look like my stance isn't that knows -- well we don't we don't talk a ballplayer kind tricks or anything that we're doing. Yeah that's stays in house but it's safe to assume this you know we want Alex bad. Really hope He didn't take set up the. The team who loses at the end of last season I wanna put words in enough for you. You rather ambivalent about it coming back as the way that that I read it did did Jim Harbaugh after watching tape on this guy kind of win you over to bring him back. I don't know that Jim had to win me over you know when that when that comment was made and when people -- When the news media ask me about it at that point in time that the answer I gave was an honest answer. They just to both the quarterback of the future and at that point in time the quarterback of the future was not on our roster there were a lot of unknowns. That we didn't know -- the head football coach who's gonna be at that point in time. So there were just a lot of things going on and I'm sure you know I can't speak for Alex. But I'm sure that Alex felt the same way. At that point in time.