49ers give general manager Trent Baalke three-year extension
The San Francisco 49ers announced Friday that they have given their first-year general manager Trent Baalke a three-year extension, keeping him with the team through 2016.
The Associated Press reports that the team made the formal announcement after CEO Jed York tweeted about the negotiations over dinner. “Contentious contract negotiation w/ Trent over dinner. Didn’t finalize terms until after we finished the chips & salsa,” York tweeted.
On the same day, the 49ers also announced that Gideon Yu will become the new president of the team and a co-owner, according to Bloomberg. Yu joined the organization last year as a chief strategist, focusing on getting funding for the team to build a new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, CA. He’s both a visionary and the ‘go-to’ guy who can lead us through the enormous opportunities ahead, such as the stadium construction, expansion of our brand and its businesses and positioning the franchise for the future,” York said in the announcement.
The AP notes that when the other team owners met at the Super Bowl, they approved a $200 million loan for the 49ers to build the new stadium to replace the ageing Candlestick Park.
Baalke had been with the team for eight years before becoming GM before this season. He pulled off a series of successful moves that helped the 49ers finish with a 13-3 record, including hiring coach Jim Harbaugh. As The Sacramento Bee notes, key player signings include kicker David Akers, defensive end Ray McDonald, safety Donte Whitner and Jonathan Goodwin. However, the game against the Giants revealed weaknesses at the wide receiver position with Braylon Edwards getting hurt early and being eventually released.
“Since taking over as general manager last January, we have made great strides on the football field under Trent’s leadership. It gives me great pleasure to watch Trent and Jim work arm in arm with the common goal of leading the 49ers to championships,” York said in his statement, reports the AP.