The interviews are coming fast and furious at this point as the 49ers search for a new general manager enters its second full day. 49ers president and CEO Jed York reportedly interviewed Michael Lombardi last night for two hours.
Lombardi has extensive experience around the NFL, but has spent his most recent years in the media. After a brief stint writing for Sports Illustrated, he was a prominent writer for National Football Post until recently leaving them for the NFL Network. His work in NFL front offices includes time with the Broncos, Raiders, Browns, and even our 49ers. He actually began his NFL career as a scout with the 49ers under Bill Walsh.
The 49ers are currently in the process of interviewing candidates that do not have NFL front office jobs at the moment, or are in-house candidates like Trent Baalke. If the team decides they don’t have the right guy by Sunday, they can then begin interviewing individuals from teams not participating in the playoffs, as well as teams with first round byes.
For now reports indicate Trent Baalke is the leader early on. One rumor is that he would be able to deliver Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, which would certainly give him some credibility in the interview process.