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Are we entering Trent Baalke’s final weekend as 49ers general manager?

A decision seems likely by Black Monday.

The San Francisco 49ers wrap up their 2016 season on Sunday when they face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. Considering how this season has gone, things won’t really get interesting until next week. Black Monday is when general managers and head coaches are fired around the league. There is good chance the 49ers will be involved in that in some way, whether it be just Trent Baalke, or potentially also Chip Kelly.

Matt Maiocco posted a slide show of 49ers personnel with uncertain futures as the season comes to a close. In discussing Baalke, Maiocco did not offer specific rumors, but clearly has been hearing from people:

It appears to be a fait accompli that Baalke will officially be out as 49ers general manager shortly after the team’s final game. Everybody within the organization and around the NFL seems to know it. Now, it’s just a matter of the official announcement.

Jed York told the media on Thursday that he will meet with the media after the season ends. It does not sound like a date was specified, and so it could depend on how Black Monday and the ensuing days go at 4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way. If the 49ers are going to dismiss Baalke, it would be a surprise if it did not happen by the end of the day next Monday. The team would want to get going with the search for a new GM as soon as possible, and there will be competition for some of the notable names.

And so, we might be entering Trent Baalke’s final weekend as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. I imagine he is at bowl games today and tomorrow doing scouting. Even if he knows he is on the way out, he is likely to find a job fairly quickly. Earlier this month, Matt Maiocco reported the Denver Broncos were a likely landing spot. Whether or not Baalke stays in Santa Clara or moves on, his scouting likely is not over this weekend.