The 49ers have agreed to a multi-year extension with John Lynch, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. The new deal will keep the GM in SF for the next five seasons. The two sides will hash out the language in the coming days before Lynch formally inks his second contract with the club.
Lynch’s add-on will take him through 2024, to exactly match head coach Kyle Shanahan. The Niners went out-of-the-box in 2017 when they hired Lynch and signed him to a six-year deal, one that was set to expire after 2023. Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Cardinals VP of player personnel Terry McDonough were also in the mix during that cycle, but the 49ers were floored by Lynch’s presentation.
Early on, some believed that Shanahan would be the one calling the shots on the roster. Instead, the two have worked cohesively to form one of the NFC’s strongest contenders. Lynch may have lacked previous high-level front office experience, but he’s made up for it with aggressive moves and first-hand, field-level knowledge. Last year, Lynch’s squad nearly captured a sixth Super Bowl ring for the franchise. They’re a popular pick yet again in 2020, and it’s not hard to see why.
Lynch’s hire feels like it was just yesterday, but he’s far from the freshest face in the GM club. By our count, the longtime safety is one of the 20 longest tenured GMs in the league.