49ers and GM John Lynch agree to terms of multi-year extension


The John Lynch experiment can be officially declared a success.

Well, we could have declared it as such in late January, when Lynch’s 49ers in San Francisco won the NFC Championship convincingly, but Wednesday’s news backs it up. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the 49ers have agreed to terms of a multi-year extension that will keep Lynch in charge of the team until 2024.

Lynch was a surprising, if not astonishing choice in January 2017. With no prior front office experience, the 49ers jumped off the cliff by hiring Lynch, who appointed Kyle Shanahan as head coach a month later.

The flight hasn’t exactly been free of turbulence, but 2019’s sprint to a conference title and the appearance of Super Bowl LIV confirmed that San Francisco was wise to think outside the box by choosing the nine-time Pro Bowler.

Lynch’s biggest move came just nine months after he was hired, when he sent a second-round pick to New England for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. From there, the former All-Pro Safety meticulously transformed the team into a title contender.

Lynch’s assembly of running backs perfectly completed Kyle Shanahan’s offensive plan in 2019, producing the offense in the league’s No.2 run. His willingness to invest in the defensive front produced the league’s second best defense in yards against per game, and key additions from the offseason – the 2018 pickup Richard Sherman, for example – helped bolster the background of a stuffy unit.

By the time winter arrived, he and Shanahan’s collaborative efforts had produced a beast that made its way to Miami. They will be tasked with maintaining a top-notch level of talent and expectation in the Bay Area, where fans are hoping to see a repeat performance in 2020 with one key difference: instead of relinquishing a Super Bowl lead, they will want to do it. see the men with the golden domes bring home the Lombardi Trophy.


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