San Francisco 49ers News: John Lynch set to become next GM

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The San Francisco 49ers made a surprising decision this weekend for their general manager position. The team hired former player John Lynch as their next GM in a six-year deal.

ESPN reports that the six-year deal is “unprecedented”. This will coincide with the rumored six-year deal with Kyle Shanahan for the head coaching position. Shanahan is still with the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator but a deal is expected to be finalized after the Super Bowl. The Falcons play the New England Patriots in the championship game.

Unprecedented six-year deal for Lynch

As an NFL safety, John Lynch played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993 to 2003. Then for the Denver Broncos from 2004 to 2007. Lynch has no GM experience in the league or other positions. After retiring from American football in 2008, he immediately started his broadcaster and color commentator career for NFL on Fox.

Lynch reportedly accepted the San Francisco 49ers GM job on Sunday after meeting with SF executives and team owner Jed York last Thursday and Friday. Lynch has no experience but he has been linked to the Denver Broncos in the past.

According to other reports, the San Francisco 49ers also talked with nine prospects for the GM’s position. George Paton (Minnesota Vikings assistant GM), Terry McDonough (Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel) and Mark Dominik (Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM) were rumored to be in the running before they hired John Lynch.

“We need to make sure that the head coach and the general manager know each other. Have a good understanding for each other,” SF 49ers owner stated about their thinking on hiring a coach and GM in previous weeks. “It doesn’t mean that they had to have worked together in the past. But they have to have a good respect for each other and a good understanding and know that they have similar visions and philosophies on building a football team.”

John Lynch had a successful NFL career as a safety making the Pro Bowl team nine times. He won a Super Bowl title with the Buccaneers in 2003. Lynch played baseball and football for Stanford University in college. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 MLB Draft. A year later he was drafted by the Bucs in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

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