No. 3 winner from the Jaguars offseason so far – Trent Baalke, GM.
General manager Trent Baalke is the Jaguars’ biggest offseason winner this offseason and that may not sit well with many people. After all, he doesn’t have a strong reputation around the league and is seen as someone who is difficult to work with.
Even though the Jags gave Urban Meyer the pink slip last year, they stuck with Trent Baalke and instead of starting from scratch, they’re undergoing a soft reboot. Throughout their search for a new head coach, the general manager’s presence reportedly discouraged many candidates from partaking in the process. In fact, there’s a chance the organization didn’t give Byron Leftwich the job because he wanted Baalke out. In the end, the Jags hired Pederson and kept Baalke in place.
Just to make things clear, Baalke isn’t Ron Wolf or Bill Polian in his prime. He did have a few hits as the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers but they were few and far between, so it’s telling that owner Shad Khan wanted him to stay even though he was the source of the #Khlown movement late in the 2021 season.
There are currently no signs the Jaguars want to move on from Baalke and he will have the chance to prove they made the right call when they decided to keep him. He will have 12 draft picks at his disposal in the 2022 NFL Draft, and if he can hit on most of them, his reputation could receive a boost in Jacksonville and across the NFL.