49ers’ GM Trent Baalke may pick up Aldon Smith’s option

Carlos Avila Gonazles, The Chronicle

Carlos Avila Gonazles, The Chronicle

I had the opportunity to catch up with San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke this morning in a media pre-draft press conference. And while 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was the topic of discussion, he did touch on the upcoming draft as he prepares for the big day ahead. He wanted to emphasize that he’s “disappointed” in what has gone on recently but says the 49ers are about family and they just don’t flush people out the door. They support and help throughout the process. Below is his transcript of what transpired just a half hour ago.

Michael Macor/The Chronicle

Michael Macor/The Chronicle

On whether 49ers would pick up OLB Aldon Smith’s fifth-year option on May 3rd:

“Still being discussed internally.”

On Aldon Smith’s recent off-field troubles:

“Disappointed. Equally disappointed to Aldon. It’s a growing process for all of us.”

On any concerns with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s Miami incident:


Carlos Avila Gonzales/The Chronicle

Carlos Avila Gonzales/The Chronicle

On why Kaepernick has yet to receive a contract extension:

“Nothing’s changed. They could be very tedious. Takes a lot of work to get this deal done.

On the possibility of Aldon Smith being suspended for part of the 2014 season:

“You prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

On the 49ers culture:

“This is family.”

On Aldon Smith’s growth as a person:

“Growing! Starting to understand. Starting to understand his own accountability.”

On drafting players with a checkered past:

“It’s a fine line. It’s a risk/reward business.”



On if he will trade RB LaMichael James:


On having an extra few weeks to prepare for the NFL Draft:

“I love the film room. That’s my sanctuary.”

On Missouri DE Michael Sam and his thoughts on him and if the 49ers met with him:

“There’s an element of courage. We met with him yes, at his Pro Day.”

Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports

Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports

On Fresno State WR Davante Adams:

“A good football player. Guy with exceptional hands. Explosive. Smart.”

On how much emphasis he gives to the 40-yard dash:

“We rate their play speed.”

On what he looks for in a Wide Receiver:

“You’re looking for confidence. Strong men.”

Eugene Tanner/AP

Eugene Tanner/AP

I then asked what his thoughts were on Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks and he said:

“He’s vertically challenged. But does he play 5-9 or 6-1? Steve Smith was 5-9 but he played 6-1. Some players that are tall play small and some players that are small play tall.”

On if he’s looking to trade his third-round draft pick:

“We’re not wheeling and dealing our 3rd-round pick, at least I’m not.”

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