49ers’ GM Trent Baalke On Free-Agency: “It’s Like Buying A Stock At It’s High.”

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Many Forever Faithful have been asking me questions as to why San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke has been relatively quiet in the free-agent market despite having an abundance of cap space.

Well, I decided to go straight to the source and ask the man himself.

Me: Trent, many fans were upset that you guys weren’t more pro-active in free-agency was that planned or was that something that just kind of played itself out?

“I wouldn’t say that was the plan going into free-agency. As you know we’ve never been huge believers in the opening market of free-agency. Because let’s face it, no matter who you take on the open-market you’re overpaying them,” Baalke told me.

I couldn’t agree more.

The New York Giants overpaid for CB Janoris Jenkins while the Oakland Raiders dished out big paychecks to OLB Bruce Irvin and G Kelechi Osemele. All three combined for zero Pro Bowls while being paid at the top of their respective positions. “90-plus percent of the ones that get signed as free-agents never make the Pro Bowl,” Baalke went on to say.

So why does Baalke shy away during the infancy stages of free-agency? “It’s like buying a stock at it’s high,” Baalke finished up saying.

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