It appears as though the days of former Buccaneers safety John Lynch analyzing NFL games for Fox Sports (and doing it quite well I might add) are coming to an end.
Instead, Lynch will now be analyzing NFL games from the press box for the San Francisco 49ers, who in a stunning move are reportedly hiring the Hall of Fame candidate as their new general manager.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports interrupted the monotony that is the Pro Bowl (thanks Jay) and had the story first on Sunday night by tweeting out that breaking news, which will no doubt come as quite a shock to many.
Huge scoopage: 49ers are hiring John Lynch as their new general manager @NFLonFOX has learned
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 30, 2017
The 49ers have been quite coy about their plans for the GM position, with some even thinking the team would wait until after it hired Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as its new coach before completing the search.
The search is now over, though, as Lynch will make the jump from media analyst to team builder for an organization desperate to regain its past glory. The Niners confirmed his hire Sunday night.
John Lynch has been named General Manager of the San Francisco #49ers.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 30, 2017
The news come as Lynch, who was just inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor (above) this past October, awaits word next Saturday as to whether he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The nine time Pro Bowler, himself, Lynch is a finalist for the third straight year.
Something to consider here is just who Lynch might bring with him to San Francisco. He’s still quite tight with former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, as well as former Bucs coach Tony Dungy.
Something else to wonder is whether Lynch, who has supposedly agreed to a six-year deal, might want to his other former coach, Mike Shanahan, part of the new 49ers regime. Lynch played for the elder Shanahan when he was released by Tampa Bay in 2004 and joined the Broncos.
Oh, and if you think it’s a bit unprecedented for a team to hire a former player out of the broadcast booth to run its organization, think again. The Lions did the same with Matt Millen.
Bucs and 49ers fans alike can only hope this move works out better than that one. Chances are it will. Lynch is pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what a football team needs to win.