Trent Baalke's contract extension as San Francisco 49ers general manager, announced by the team Friday, rewards him for a sensational first season in the role.
It also means Baalke, now signed through 2016, has a deal running one season longer than the one coach Jim Harbaugh signed. That will not matter if all parties continue on their current trajectories.
Baalke helped to hire Harbaugh, who became coach of the year. He was ultimately responsible for drafting Aldon Smith, runnerup to Von Miller for defensive rookie if the year; signing cornerback Carlos Rogers, who went to the Pro Bowl; identifying NaVorro Bowman as an impact starter; and making other moves that contributed to the 49ers' 13-3 record.
Extending Baalke's contract promotes stability within the organization. It comes as the team has secured stadium financing and welcomed chief strategy officer Gideon Yu, a high-profile figure in the tech world, as team president and minority owner. Jed York becomes CEO.