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John Lynch: “It’s looking like” we’ll pick up Jimmie Ward’s option

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When 49ers General Manager John Lynch was asked about safety Jimmie Ward’s 2018 option before the draft, he didn’t give an indication about which way the team was leaning but he had more to say about what they’ll do once the draft ended on Sunday.

The 49ers didn’t draft a safety until the seventh round and the one they did — Adrian Colbert — played corner at Miami last year. Whether that was what caused them to make a call on Ward or not, Lynch said the option will likely be exercised by Wednesday’s deadline.

“Yeah, it’s looking like that,” Lynch said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “[I] had no clue when you guys asked me that the other day. I had no idea. I had been focused on the draft. But, [the question] made me go check.”

Ward is moving to safety this season and coach Kyle Shanahan liked what he’s seen in their limited time on the field during the offseason program. Ward should start alongside Eric Reid, who had his fifth-year option for 2017 exercised at this time last year.

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17 Responses to “John Lynch: “It’s looking like” we’ll pick up Jimmie Ward’s option”
  1. realfootballfan says: Apr 30, 2017 3:06 PM

    After doing well the first day, it all fell apart afterward. Lynch’s second and third days were pretty underwhelming.

  2. tonebones says: Apr 30, 2017 3:10 PM

    Jimmie Ward and Eric Reid are both studs. John Lynch and Shanahan are making all the right moves. Jed York looks like he’s on his way out of the outhouse, and into the penthouse. They have a ways to go, but they’re finally heading in the right direction. I don’t know if they’ll make it all the way to the top, but they’re certainly climbing.

  3. myballsitch says: Apr 30, 2017 3:13 PM

    “It’s looking like we’ll finish 3-13”

  4. pantherpro says: Apr 30, 2017 3:58 PM

    Lynch is genuis. Niners 9-7 next year

  5. rhazorrhamon says: Apr 30, 2017 6:32 PM

    I must say this doesnt sound like a good sign for lynch unless im reading this wrong. So he basically had to be reminded about a player/contract by the media? The deadline is approaching fast and this guy wasnt sure on this matter? lynch did, what looks like, a good job in the early part of this draft. But this is a decision that should have been made before the draft. Unless hes was playing games

  6. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: Apr 30, 2017 6:34 PM

    Never announce your future intentions.

    Never talk like a celebrity wanna be Cowboy.

    SMH

  7. bighoser says: Apr 30, 2017 7:02 PM

    Unless you think Hoyer can be more than a mediocre QB (and if you do, gimme some of what you’re smoking), the Niners are at best going to be marginally better next year. 4-5 wins which may set them up to draft or trade up to draft a QB next year if the Cousins plan falls through. They are on the right track but don’t expect miracles right away. Like with the Raiders, you’re looking at a multi-year rebuild. Patience! And that’s something Jed and the fans will have to exercise given the 6 year contracts Lynch and Shanny Jr have.

  8. number1hawkfan says: Apr 30, 2017 7:10 PM

    Leave it niner fans. 24 hours after the draft they “have it better” again. None of these guys have played a down yet. There was a reason you were picking 2nd and a decent 1st round isn’t gonna make you “have it better” . 25 years and counting since the last time you had it better than everyone else.

  9. rainponcho87 says: Apr 30, 2017 7:33 PM

    number1hawkfan says:
    Apr 30, 2017 7:10 PM
    Leave it niner fans. 24 hours after the draft they “have it better” again. None of these guys have played a down yet. There was a reason you were picking 2nd and a decent 1st round isn’t gonna make you “have it better” . 25 years and counting since the last time you had it better than everyone else.
    ———————–
    You can hate on the 49er fans all you want, but it’s not going to change your 1-2 super bowl record.

  10. tonebones says: Apr 30, 2017 7:56 PM

    rhazorrhamon says:
    Apr 30, 2017 6:32 PM
    I must say this doesnt sound like a good sign for lynch unless im reading this wrong. So he basically had to be reminded about a player/contract by the media? The deadline is approaching fast and this guy wasnt sure on this matter? lynch did, what looks like, a good job in the early part of this draft. But this is a decision that should have been made before the draft. Unless hes was playing games

    *************************
    Yes I think your last sentence was correct. Lynch was just playing games. He’s been over this a million times with Paraag. He’s just giving us the ol “ah shucks” routine.

  11. 49ersfury says: Apr 30, 2017 8:08 PM

    1st Level: Solomon Thomas,Buckner, Armstead & Aaron Lynch
    2nd Level: Reuben Foster, Bowman
    3rd Level: Eric Reid, Jimmy Ward

    1st Draft Class: We’re approaching the Championship House
    2nd Draft Class: We’re walking over to the championship window
    3rd Draft Class: We’re opening the Championship Window..

    The Quest for Six

    49ers Football:
    Commitment to Greatness
    The Will to Win Superbowls
    The greatness of the 49ers is its past, present, and future.

  12. screwmemean says: Apr 30, 2017 8:31 PM

    Lynch has an ego a mIle wide and will do anything to grab a headline.

  13. tonebones says: Apr 30, 2017 8:51 PM

    bighoser says:
    Apr 30, 2017 7:02 PM
    Unless you think Hoyer can be more than a mediocre QB (and if you do, gimme some of what you’re smoking), the Niners are at best going to be marginally better next year. 4-5 wins which may set them up to draft or trade up to draft a QB next year if the Cousins plan falls through. They are on the right track but don’t expect miracles right away. Like with the Raiders, you’re looking at a multi-year rebuild. Patience! And that’s something Jed and the fans will have to exercise given the 6 year contracts Lynch and Shanny Jr have.
    **********************************************
    I don’t think Hoyer is better than mediocre, but Matt Barkley is just as good as Brad Johnson. Lynch won a super bowl in Tampa Bay with Brad Johnson. There are going to be at least 2 or 3 great QBs coming out next year. Hopefully the 49ers get one of them. If not, they’re building a defense that can win with Barkley. I haven’t seen the schedule yet, but I bet they go at least 8-8 next year. Lynch doesn’t have experience in a front office, but have you seen some of the GMs? Not a bunch of HOFers.

  14. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: Apr 30, 2017 10:30 PM

    1st Level: Solomon Thomas,Buckner, Armstead & Aaron Lynch
    2nd Level: Reuben Foster, Bowman
    3rd Level: Eric Reid, Jimmy Ward

    1st Draft Class: We’re approaching the Championship House
    2nd Draft Class: We’re walking over to the championship window
    3rd Draft Class: We’re opening the Championship Window..

    The Quest for Six

    49ers Football:
    Commitment to Greatness
    The Will to Win Superbowls
    The greatness of the 49ers is its past, present, and future.
    _____________________________Hey man, you taken your homer meds today? Do so, immediately and take off that chick cheerleader outfit.

  15. ronfai says: May 1, 2017 1:14 AM

    Chicken fans sounding insecure. Should be. We’re loading up on defensive talents while Shanahan is masterminding his offense. Niners will be back in playoffs in 2018. #brickbybrick

  16. RegisHawk says: May 1, 2017 6:11 AM

    Of course he didn’t know…he’s the Sean Spicer of the Claranettes. Someone else is making those decisions, he’s just standing at the podium fielding questions.

  17. bobgust says: May 1, 2017 12:59 PM

    Of course he didn’t know…he’s the Sean Spicer of the Claranettes. Someone else is making those decisions, he’s just standing at the podium fielding questions

    ______________________________’

    At least we don’t have Schneider making poor draft choices for us the past couple of years. Still drinking the Kool-Aid up there in the PNW

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