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.
This draft is a very weak 3-4 OLB class IMO. Which is why Irvin’s stock may be over-inflated in FA. https://t.co/JXLKwmVcQP
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 27, 2016
I wanted the #49ers to target CB Janoris Jenkins but at $12 million per season? I’ll gladly pass.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) March 9, 2016
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.
#49ers GM Trent Baalke tells me why he hasn’t done much in FA: “You got a less than 10% chance on hitting on a Pro Bowl caliber player.”
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) April 20, 2016
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.