New 49ers GM John Lynch reportedly seeks an experienced personnel man to work with him in the San Francisco front office, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes “buzz is building” about Mark Dominik joining Lynch soon. Multiple sources told Florio that Dominik would step into a director of player personnel-type role.
Florio pointed out Lynch had already picked out who he wanted to hire in this capacity, and the 49ers considered Dominik for their GM post. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week rumblings at the Senior Bowl featured the prospect of Dominik joining the 49ers “in some capacity.” The 49ers, though, did not interview the former Buccaneers GM for the job.
The 45-year-old Dominik served as a scouting director for the Bucs during seven years of Lynch’s tenure in Tampa Bay. It’s believed Dominik and the 45-year-old Lynch have a good relationship, and that Lynch’s rapport with expected head coach Kyle Shanahan clearly played a key role in that unorthodox hire. While Lynch has a good relationship with Kyle Shanahan, playing under Kyle’s father Mike Shanahan for four years in Denver, Kyle Shanahan also worked as an offensive quality control coach with the Bucs for two years during Dominik’s stay.
Assistant GM Tom Gamble could remain in place, per Florio, even if the 49ers move to hire Dominik. We heard earlier today the 49ers were planning to give Gamble a chance to prove he could stay with the team, with the time between now and the draft serving as an audition of sorts. The five-year Bucs GM currently works as an analyst at ESPN. He’s only worked for one NFL franchise, serving in various capacities with the Bucs from 1994-2013. The 49ers’ power structure would consist of two members who have spent much of the past several years on television should they make this move, with Lynch being a Fox analyst since his retirement in 2008.
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