Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Report: John Lynch will have final say on 49ers personnel

Jan 30, 2017 at 2:18 PM--


Update: Trotter corrected himself, saying that John Lynch will have final say on the 49ers 90-man roster and Kyle Shanahan would have final say on the 53-man roster.

New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has no front office experience, which has made his hiring a controversial topic since the announcement on Sunday night.

It has been assumed by many that the lack of experience meant that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to become the new 49ers head coach in a week, would have final say on the team's 53-man roster. That may not be accurate.

According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, Lynch will have the final say on personnel and the 53-man roster. During an exchange with our own Aaron Erickson, an analyst and writer for 49ers Webzone, Trotter said that Lynch would be the final decision maker and said that his source was the 49ers' owner.


"If Lynch will have final say on personnel - and he will - the evaluation part is pretty important," Trotter told Erickson during a back-and-forth discussion via Twitter. When asked how he knew Lynch would have the final say over the roster, Trotter said 49ers ownership informed him.

Of course, that doesn't mean that Lynch won't let Shanahan's opinion heavily influence roster decisions. The hope by 49ers CEO Jed York is that the duo will work well together to rebuild the talent-depleted roster.

Lynch, who wanted his candidacy to remain a secret, met with York at his home on Thursday. He was actually the one who contacted Shanahan about the possibility of working together and the pair met with each other on Friday when Lynch flew to Atlanta with York and chief strategy officer Paraag Marathe.

The new 49ers general manager will take part in a conference call with Bay Area media at 4:15 p.m. PT where he will likely be asked about final say over the roster.

Lynch is the 11th general manager in franchise history. He enjoyed a 15-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos and was a four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Lynch was part of the Buccaneers team that won Super Bowl XXXVII.

Lynch replaces Trent Baalke, whose firing was officially announced by the team on January 1 following the 49ers' final game of the 2016 season.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



John Lynch optimistic 49ers will get players back from COVID list in time for Rams game

By David Bonilla
Jan 7

The San Francisco 49ers have six players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Five are defensive backs. Those defensive backs are Dontae Johnson, Deommodore Lenoir, Ambry Thomas, Jimmie Ward, and K'Waun Williams. General manager John Lynch joined KNBR on Friday morning and sounded optimistic that at least some of those players will be available for Sunday's playoff-impacting regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. "Yeah, I believe we will because the league altered their rules some time back when the CDC did as well," Lynch said on the Murph & Mac show. "Our vaccination rate was as high as there is in the league. And I think we've also been the



49ers-Rams: Jimmy Garoppolo showing his toughness by trying to play, says John Lynch

By David Bonilla
Jan 7

"Jimmy just looks like Jimmy to me—same confidence, same throws, same balls, same energy, same everything," San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel told reporters on Thursday. "I don't think he took a step backwards ... It doesn't look like to me that his thumb hurts and he's out there doing a good job this week." Samuel was speaking of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is working hard to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. He is recovering from a torn ligament and chipped bone in his right thumb, but has thrown during practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The fact that Garoppolo is fighting his way toward a possible



Here's how John Lynch responded when asked if 49ers might be interested in Antonio Brown

By David Bonilla
Jan 8

Wide receiver Antonio Brown cleared waivers on Friday after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. That officially makes him a free agent. However, teams may be hesitant to sign him given how things ended with his former team. During the third quarter of the Buccaneers' Week 17 contest against the New York Jets, Brown shockingly took off his helmet, jersey, and pads, and then exited MetLife Stadium. "He is no longer a Buc," head coach Bruce Arians said after the game. On Friday morning, before Brown cleared waivers, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch took part in his weekly KNBR interview. Surprisingly, he was asked if his team might be interested in Brown given his 49ers might be headed to the playoffs with a win over



John Lynch says Deebo Samuel will be with the 49ers for a long time

By David Bonilla
Jan 13

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is becoming one of the NFL's biggest stars. He racked up 1,770 all-purpose yards this season and 15 total touchdowns (6 receiving, 8 rushing, 1 passing). Samuel has frustrated opposing defenses as a receiver, as a rusher, and even tossed a touchdown pass this past weekend against the Los Angeles Rams. Samuel is in his third NFL season, which means it's time to start thinking about a contract extension for the 25-year-old star. He's positioned himself to be among the highest-paid players at his position. However, Samuel is unique in that he does so much more than just playing wide receiver. "Deebo's going to be well compensated, and we plan on him being a Niner for a long time," general manager John Lynch said


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone