Despite a late push from NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi (there were rumors that he met again today with owner Jed York), the 49ers have decided to promote Trent Baalke from the position of V.P. of player personnel to General Manager.
The move was first reported by David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, and it was confirmed by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
The move comes after York interviewed a smattering of candidates with no current NFL affiliation. He did not interview any persons currently employed by any NFL teams, and he did not wait for any candidates from playoff teams to become available.
And so the suspicion has been confirmed that York attempted to create the impression that he performed due diligence in hiring a G.M., even if York really didn’t.
Next up? Hiring a head coach. It remains to be seen whether the decision to go with Baalke means that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh remains in play. There has been suspicion and speculation that Baalke and Harbaugh won’t mesh well, and that Harbaugh and Lombardi would have been a much better fit.