San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke joined Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL Radio today at the 2012 NFL combine for an interview. Baalke was asked in an indirect way about Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and his comments that he made on Wednesday about his willingness to play for another team.
Schein acknowledged in his questioning that he knew Baalke could not mention Wallace by name, but he asked him if that kind of wide receiver, who is a deep threat, would be the kind of wide receiver he would be looking for in the offseason. Baalke replied, “We\’re looking for guys that can make plays. We feel that we have a couple that can and we\’re looking for some more that can make plays. Obviously there\’s guys in the league, that when they get the ball in their hand they can score, and I\’m not going to talk about any particular player individual, but that\’s what you\’re looking for. You\’re looking for a play maker at the position. Guys that can turn a 3-yard hitch into an 83-yard touchdown. The more of those guys you have, the better you can be offensively. So we are always looking. We feel there are some players in free agency that fit that mold and we feel that the draft has some guys that fit that mold. So we\’re going to do everything we can to make the right decisions in that area.”
The 49ers have just one first round draft pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL draft and that pick is the 30th overall. They are one of four teams that could be interested in signing Wallace to an offer sheet should he be tendered by the Steelers at a first round level