Numerous reports in recent weeks have stated the San Francisco 49ers are considering firing general manager Trent Baalke. This is not surprising given the 1-12 season, but we probably will not get a firm answer on this until January gets here and the season is a wrap.
However, it is possible Baalke sees the writing on the wall and is preparing for his post-49ers career. Matt Maiocco is reporting the Denver Broncos are a likely landing spot for the potentially former 49ers GM. John Elway is currently the general manager, and as Maiocco pointed out, he and Baalke have a good relationship that includes joint practices between the teams each of the past two preseasons.
Baalke is a grinder when it comes to the scouting process, so it is not surprising he would be viewed with respect around the league. And given the networking that goes on, I would not doubt Baalke could get into a new job fairly quickly. That being said, it’s interesting to see this leaked out at a time when Baalke’s future with the 49ers remains a bit murky. Of course, given how the season has gone, and given the jeopardy being reported surrounding Baalke’s job, maybe his future with the 49ers is not quite so murky.