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Kyle Shanahan and 49ers agree to new 6-year contract

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In February 2017, shortly after guiding the league’s best offense to the Super Bowl as Falcons offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan was officially hired as 49ers head coach. At the time of his hiring, San Francisco gave Shanahan—their fourth head coach in four years—a six-year contract.

Three seasons later, the 49ers are ripping up that six-year deal in order to give Shanahan a new one, which will keep him as San Francisco head coach through the 2025 season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Shanahan’s new deal will place him in the top-five highest earners among NFL head coaches. Schefter also notes Shanahan has assembled one of the most diverse coaching staffs in the league, with 11 out of 23 assistants being either people of color or women.

John Lynch, the 49ers’ general manager, was also signed to a six-year deal when hired at the same time as Shanahan. Though no new deal has been reported for him yet, it is something the organization was to pursue this offseason. Potential reshuffling could be the hold up there.

It’s worth noting that Adam Peters is a highly regarded personnel man, and the change of titles would be more an effort to keep him in the building rather than to take away Lynch’s personnel power. Regardless, it’s Shanahan who has the final say on the roster.

In three seasons as San Francisco head coach, Shanahan is 23-25, including an NFC-best 13-3 in 2019—a season which culminated in a Super Bowl loss. Against the Seahawks, Shanahan is 2-4, having split the season series in both 2018 and ‘19.