"I'm not down on Kyle Williams, nor is anyone else in this organization," Baalke said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. "It's done, it's over with, and we're moving forward. I'm very confident that Kyle will get past the incident of last year and is ready to move on. And he'll get better because of it."
Baalke certainly sounds like a guy who will give Williams a shot at redemption next season. But in reality, Williams' future remains very unsettled.
Williams has shown promise as a slot receiver (20 catches for 241 yards and three touchdowns in '11), but given his past, it's hard to imagine the team ever putting him in another pressure situation as a returner. This reality limits his value.
If the 49ers add another wide receiver, Williams could be the odd man out. Baalke says he's not down on Williams after one disastrous afternoon, but his draft strategy will speak louder than any words.