Trent Baalke is confident he’ll be San Francisco’s next G.M. and he’s acting in such a capacity on Monday in exit interviews with 49ers players.
Baalke may need to “deliver” Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh to seal the job, because Harbaugh is now seen in the Bay Area as a franchise savior that could help build a new 49ers stadium. But what if Harbaugh doesn’t want to work with Baalke?
That’s implication made by NFL Network’s Albert Breer, who believes Baalke’s presence will get in the way:
“Hearing front-office structure/GM is vital to landing Jim Harbaugh for NFL teams,” Breer writes. “And that could put Baalke’s candidacy in peril with 49ers. . . . Basically, if the Niners really want Harbaugh, might have to pass on Baalke. We’ll see. Either way, who the GM is, is very important to [Harbaugh].”
If the 49ers had to choose between Harbaugh and Baalke, perhaps San Francisco’s G.M. search isn’t over yet.