While the Jaguars announced a London initiative earlier today, the team has also made a significant addition to their scouting department. Last week, the departure of former Director of Player Personnel Chris Polian would not longer be with the team for the immediate future. Today, the team has replaced Polian with former San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.
Baalke has spent the past three years working with the NFL as a Football Operations Consultant. Previously, Baalke spent 20 seasons with the 49ers including six as the team’s general manager from 2011-2016.
“I have known Trent for two decades and he’ll be a valuable addition to our personnel department,” said Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell in a statement released by the team. “He had a lot of success during his time in San Francisco and has proven that he has a great eye for talent and constructing a team, so we’re excited for him to be a part of the organization. We look forward to welcoming Trent and his wife, Beth, to Jacksonville, and we expect him to get involved immediately as we make decisions on our current roster and approach free agency.”
Dealing with players already in the NFL, Baalke will assist Caldwell and the Jaguars in finding free agents before, during and after the season in 2020.
“In Baalke’s six years as general manager with the 49ers, San Francisco totaled a 51-44 record, earning three consecutive NFC Championship appearances from 2011-13. In 2011, Baalke earned NFL executive of the Year, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, after helping transform a 6-10 team into a 13-3 team in his first season as general manager,” the Jaguars stated in a press release. “During Baalke’s tenure overseeing all player acquisitions, beginning as the team’s vice president of player personnel, the 49ers produced 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl acknowledgements.
“Baalke joined the 49ers as a western region scout prior to being promoted to director of pro personnel in 2007. He spent four years with the Washington Redskins scouting staff where he served as the college scouting coordinator in his final season. From 2001-03, he served as Washington’s national scout. Baalke started his NFL career as a personnel scout with the New York Jets from 1998-2000.”