The San Francisco 49ers came up a quarter away from winning Super Bowl 54, and they are now rewarding Kyle Shanahan for his role in a three-year rebuilding project. The team is tearing up the three final years of his current contract and signing him to a six-year extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 49ers signed Shanahan to a six-year contract when they hired him in February 2017. The 49ers went 6-10 in his first season, 4-12 in year two and 13-3 last season. The 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo midway through that first season, and the quarterback tore his ACL early in year two. He bounced back in year three and the 49ers took a huge step forward.
It’s worth noting they also signed then new general manager John Lynch to a six-year contract at the same time. Shanahan and Lynch wanted a commitment from team CEO Jed York that they would get a serious opportunity to turn things around for a franchise that had fallen on hard times.
The question now is when or if Lynch gets his own extension. There is no salary cap on coach and front office contracts, so they don’t have to worry about that kind of balancing act. At the same time, not signing Lynch to an extension in the near future will raise questions about his long-term status. Odds are good Lynch will get a new deal sooner than later, but this is something that could become media catnip if it has not happened by the start of training camp.