49ers 2024 Pre-Draft Tracker: Visits, Meetings, Workouts, Picks →
placeholder image

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Barrows: If the 49ers struggle, Trent Baalke could be gone

Jun 14, 2016 at 2:33 PM--


Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
While holding an online chat with fans, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee answered a question today about San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke ... and QB Colin Kaepernick was part of the answer. The question asked if Kaepernick is actually successful in 2016, does his relationship with with Baalke doom his chances of being a long-term option for the 49ers? After all, while speaking with the media on Thursday, the first time he had done so since the end of the 2015 season in January, Kaepernick stated that he has not spoken to Baalke for some time. Certainly not since the offseason drama of surgeries and trade requests.

RELATED Colin Kaepernick finally speaks: "Every year that I've stepped on the field, it's a competition"

"I haven't had any discussions with [Trent Baalke]. But, once again, I don't want to get into any specifics. I just want to focus on football and making sure I'm prepared for this upcoming season," said Kaepernick when questioned about it.

Barrows answered the question, but also threw in the fact that no one should assume that Baalke is safe. After all, as the general manager, much of this team's roster turmoil falls squarely on his shoulders. It's his job to keep the roster stocked with talent for the coaching staff to utilize.

While the 49ers' 2016 draft has been praised by multiple media outlets, that was not necessarily the case for previous drafts with 2012 sticking out like a sore thumb. None of those players are even on the 49ers' roster anymore with just three of the seven selections (Joe Looney, Trenton Robinson, and Cam Johnson) on any NFL roster.

Barrows replied with the following during his chat.

"You're assuming that Baalke is safe. If the 49ers struggle this year like they did last year -- national observers as well as Vegas think they will -- then the 49ers could be looking for a new GM. Then again, if the 49ers struggle, it might mean that Kaepernick struggled. Which is to say, there's a scenario where both are gone. (And if Kap and the 49ers are successful, a scenario in which both stay)."

Kaepernick was a Jim Harbaugh guy, so it might be easy to place the blame on his shoulders if he gets significant playing time and the 49ers' season goes south. Of course, if Kaepernick surprises and flourishes this season, it could buy Baalke some time with the organization. Regardless of what might happen, this is a very important season for both Baalke and Kaepernick.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News


placeholder image

Report suggests 2024 salary cap could near $250 million

By David Bonilla
Feb 19

Speculation surrounding the 2024 salary cap indicates that it might be in the area of $242 million. That's the number that salary-cap site OverTheCap.com has been working with, which, according to their estimations, puts the San Francisco 49ers about $12.38 over the projected cap. The team could obviously use more wiggle room to sign wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk to a long-term deal. San Francisco may need to either restructure the contracts of some high-priced stars or make some difficult roster decisions to make that happen. RELATED: Graziano: Salary cap situation may


placeholder image

NFL insider wonders if Kyle Juszczyk could become a 49ers' cap casualty

By David Bonilla
Feb 20

The San Francisco 49ers would love to keep their Super Bowl roster intact heading into the 2024 season. However, with the team bumping up against the projected salary cap and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk seeking a contract extension, some difficult choices may be on the horizon. One NFL insider has singled out All-Pro fullback Kyle Juszczyk as a potential casualty as the 49ers attempt to navigate their financial situation. "Juszczyk has been in San Francisco for all seven of Kyle Shanahan's years as coach," Dan Graziano wrote in a recent feature for ESPN. "He is a vital part of the 49ers' offense and surely would be missed. He also turns 33 in April and is scheduled to earn $6.25 million in salary and bonuses in each of the next two seasons. None of that money is


placeholder image

Bigger role could await 49ers CB Darrell Luter Jr. in 2024

By David Bonilla
Feb 27

Darrell Luter Jr. appeared in seven games this past season, his first in the NFL. However, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback saw action in only 64 defensive snaps during his rookie campaign, all of which came later in the season. Forty-four of these snaps were in the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, a game primarily featuring backup players. He was notably absent during the 49ers' three playoff contests. Luter started the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list due to a hyperextended knee suffered in the offseason, stalling his progress after displaying promising signs early on. Entering his sophomore NFL season, the 23-year-old cornerback could secure a more significant role in 2024. General manager John Lynch, addressing reporters at


placeholder image

49ers mailbag: Who is most likely to be traded? What positions will SF draft? Which free-agent pass rushers will the 49ers pursue?

By Marc Adams
10 hrs

It's been a quiet couple of weeks for the San Francisco 49ers. Other than firing defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and that little Super Bowl thing, there hasn't been much going on. But this week kicks off the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and free agency is only a couple of weeks away. So things will soon pick up. GM John Lynch spoke with reporters at the Combine on Tuesday. And while he didn't give a lot of new information, there were still some highlights to discuss. So we opened up the 49ers Webzone Mailbag to see what questions you had about the team. Let's jump in and take a look. Who are you hoping for (as defensive coordinator)? - Brian J. I think we are all hoping for some big name from the outside, but I don't expect that to


Latest

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone