Vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke appeared at practice today and said he will “visit” with 49ers president and CEO Jed York on Saturday.
Citing a well-placed source, CSN Bay Area has reported that Baalke will get the promotion. The report came after former Raiders personnel executive Michael Lombardi, who interviewed with 49ers president and CEO Jed York on Tuesday, said on NFL Network that he didn’t consider himself a candidate and thought Baalke would get the job within 48 hours.
The NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said, via Twitter on Tuesday, that “(he’d) be surprised if Trent Baalke doesn’t end up getting that position.” LaCanfora has broken several 49ers stories this season.
The 49ers-Seahawks rivalry got a lot of press this offseason, what with Taylor Mays publicly miffed over Pete Carroll’s decision to draft Texas safety Earl Thomas in the first round, and assistant coaches like Mike Solari and Jeff Ulbrich switching their allegiances.
But according to 49ers president Jed York, one aspect of the “feud” has been overplayed. York said at the State of the Franchise event last night that he bears no hard feelings toward Scot McCloughan, the former GM who mysteriously parted ways with the 49ers on March 18 and resurfaced in Seattle as senior personnel executive on June 22.
“I wish Scot the best, and I’ve said that,” York noted.
The 49ers liked their draft process so much, and presumably the picks it netted, that they have formally promoted Trent Baalke from director of player personnel to vice president of player personnel.
We just got off the line with club president Jed York, who is in New York for NFL owners’ meetings, and he said that the communication between Baalke and coach Mike Singletary before and during the draft was the primary reason the 49ers bumped up Baalke’s duties.
Director of college scouting David McCloughan is leaving the organization less than two months after his younger brother, Scot, did the same. The 49ers confirmed the move, saying “We have given David permission to seek employment elsewhere.” Joel Patten is expected to take his place.