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Trent Baalke recognizes hot seat, says team will roll over, spend cap space

The heat is on, and Trent Baalke recognizes it. Now we’ll see what 2016 brings.

The San Francisco 49ers will have a whole lot of salary cap space this season, and Trent Baalke is aware of the perceptions revolving around that. The 49ers currently have $49 million in cap space. They will have a little less once we go to the full roster cap, but either way, they’ll have a ton of space. The team has some players it could extend in the coming months, but they will be rolling over a sizable amount.

Teams do not have to roll over the full amount of cap space, but more often than not they do. On Sunday, Baalke met with the 49ers media, and he addressed the cap space and his own job status. He said the 49ers will carry over the full amount, and look for ways to spend the money.

“Absolutely,” Baalke said. “We’re not going to just put it in the pocket. We’re going to spend the money. The money is going to get spent. And if you look at the way we try to do things. We’re not trying to just keep the money. We want to win. But spending the most amount of money doesn’t guarantee the opportunity to win. You can’t buy a championship.”

He also specifically pointed to the 49ers third year players that are due extensions. I don’t know if we see extensions soon, but clearly they are on the radar.

Training camp launched a few days after word that Tom Gamble has been promoted to assistant general manager. Baalke talked about how deserving Gamble was for the job. However, he also recognized the perception that this is related to Chip Kelly’s hiring and previous relationship with Gamble. He specifically said he anticipated this thought process from the media.

2016 is a big year for Trent Baalke. He said every GM is on a hot seat, but some seats are hotter than others. I think most would agree his seat is just a little bit smoldering. This year will give us a better handle on his 2013, 2014, and 2015 draft picks. There are numerous opportunities for the younger players. If some of them are not able to take a serious step forward, Baalke could find himself on the way out.