Originally posted by sfout:
Trent Baalke On if Aldon Smith will be a full time player this coming season
Asked whether he thought Aldon Smith would have a full-time role in 2012, Baalke almost laughed. "Yeah - I think that's safe to say, yes," he said of Smith, who had 14 regular-season sacks in 2011. Smith played exclusively in nickel situations this past season, and he mostly lined up at defensive end, not outside linebacker.
Smith's 2012 counterpart at outside linebacker is up in the air. Ahmad Brooks started every game this past season but is an unrestricted free agent. Parys Haralson was other starter last season but gave way to Smith on passing downs. Haralson and Smith are the only potential outside linebackers signed for next season.
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/02/baalke-on-qb-situation-its-not-something-were-stressed-out-about.html#storylink=cpy
Really shows you that Baalke is prepared to let Brooks walk if need be.
I think Baalke is prepared to let anyone walk if need be, to be honest. they have a price for every player and they won't go beyond it, and they have a plan, and probably contingencies as well. Not that Baalke is all-seeing and that everything goes according to his plans or anything, but I think the dude is prepared and focused and knows what he's doing.