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GM John Lynch expects contract extension with 49ers soon, says it may be ‘on the horizon’

Jul 28, 2020 at 8:48 AM--

It was reported in June that the San Francisco 49ers signed head coach Kyle Shanahan to a contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2025 season. That led to questions about why the team didn't do the same for general manager John Lynch at the time. The two, after all, joined the 49ers at the same time with matching six-year contracts.

Lynch may be getting a new deal soon. That's what he indicated Tuesday morning during an interview on KNBR.

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"First and foremost, we have two different jobs," Lynch said of his contract status during the Murph and Mac show. "I would love it if GMs got paid like head coaches because head coaches are doing really well right now.

"You know what? Kyle deserved it. I am so fortunate. That's one of the reasons I'm here, and it kind of came out of the blue. I don't want to rehash that story, but I think we have a tremendous partnership.

"Look, Jed (York) came to us, right before he mentioned it at the Super Bowl, and said, 'Hey, this offseason, I want to take care of you both. I want to extend this relationship.'

"Kyle was first in line because of a lot of semantics. Frankly, I came in at a good number because I was making real good money at FOX, and Jed and Kyle decided they wanted me, and I had a pretty good gig going, so it was going to take a lot to get me here. So I came in kind of top-of-market, or right there, and Kyle didn't. He was a first-time head coach.

"I understood that Kyle was going to go first, and Jed and Kyle got done. Then a pandemic breaks out. So we kind of put things on hold. I was fine with that. Like you said, I've got three years left, and I was compensated well.

"But Jed, true to his word, we've picked it back up, and I can tell you I think there's some good news around the corner. I kind of live in the moment, not thinking years and years out. Don't know if I'm going to be a lifer at this thing, but I love what we're doing. I love coming to work each day, and I think there's some good news on the horizon there. Jed and the York family have been tremendous to me. Hopefully, we've got some good news here soon."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lynch below.

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