49ers to hire John Lynch as new GM on 6-year deal

After a really long wait for the San Francisco 49ers to make their hire at general manager, they dropped a bomb late Sunday night with their hiring of John Lynch.

Lynch, 45, spent 15 seasons with the Buccaneers and Broncos as a safety before retiring in 2008. Stanford?standout is returning to the Bay Area. Lynch has been around pro football for more than two decades and had links during his career to such brilliant NFL minds as Bill Walsh and Mike Shanahan.

On Sunday, the 49ers named Lynch their new general manager, replacing the departed Trent Baalke. A four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he played in 224 games (191 starts) and registered 1,277 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 26 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 100 passes defensed. Shanahan must hire a staff. Preparations must be made for free agency and the draft, something that began in earnest for other teams last week by having their coaches and GM, among other key staffers, on hand to scout draft-eligible players at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala. "We understand we'll have to live with growing pains, but I'm willing to do that because I believe the upside with both of them is so great". In fact, this was the first time in over 30 years that an National Football League team had hired someone with "no coaching, scouting or front-office experience" for their day-to-day operations. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is the presumptive man for the job, who is expected to be hired after the Super Bowl against the Patriots Feb. 5 in Houston.

"Please tell me these reports are false", it read. It is not clear when he met with Lynch to secure him as the 49ers' general manager.

Lynch wasn't previously mentioned among the candidates for the 49ers' GM position.

And San Francisco needs plenty of help there.

Six years for a guy whose never been a general manager and his current job is as an analyst for Fox Sports during National Football League games.

"You know, Kyle, I think he goes in these production, er, excuse me, interviews and maybe comes off a little confident, a little arrogant", Lynch said, referring to interviews broadcasters carry out with coaches before games.

But let's give Lynch some credit for perhaps knowing Jed York's brain better than anyone else.

  • Anthony Vega