John Lynch wants 49ers to be a destination in free agency

AP

The 49ers handed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a nice chunk of cash in the form of a new contract last week and they’d like to continue forking over money when free agency opens next month.

There’s a good amount of cap space left after signing Garoppolo and General Manager John Lynch said Friday that he thinks the quarterback’s presence should make it easier for him to spend it on free agents looking for a new home.

“It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside, we’ve got this guy, who wouldn’t want to be here?” Lynch said. “We want to become that. We want to become a destination where everyone wants to be. We’ve got a long way to go. We were 6-10, okay, so this is a big day for us, but we have a long way to go, and we’re fully aware of that.”

Five of those six wins came after Garoppolo moved into the starting lineup and that will surely be part of their sales pitch to free agent targets in March. The ability to sell both financial and on-field rewards would seem to set the 49ers up well to be the kind of destination that Lynch hopes they’ll be in 2018.

55 responses to “John Lynch wants 49ers to be a destination in free agency

  1. It’s 75 & sunny, so when you are stuck in traffic for hours, you can put the top down. It’s nice.
    Also, our less than half full stadium means you can communicate pretty clearly with your family, so you know where they will be going after the game without yelling.
    And don’t forget, our fans are great at being security guards in the bathrooms so you won’t need your own bodyguards.

  2. I think it’s largely because they had a huge $60M rollover in cap space from last year. But this is they way the league likes it – boom & bust parity-era football. If they have any sense they should avoid splashing it all out on a few big names but go for depth.

    Behind the big headline numbers, btw, the 9ers have a potential out of JimmyG’s contract after 2yrs and $60M, so Lynch looks savvy enough.

  3. 75 degrees, sunny, and undoubtedly the epicenter of the inevitable worst natural disaster to ever hit The United States.
    Nah, I like my house upright….

  4. SF had better get the right players to complement Jimmy G. Right now they have all kinds of cap room to play with, but that won’t last. Soon they’ll be cap-heavy, and they won’t have all that cash to offer free agents anymore. Lynch had better bring in the right guys now while he can, because the opportunity will go away sooner than you think. Draft wisely and sign the right players if you want SF to be a desired destination.

  5. Too bad your City is over-run by people defecating in the streets and illegals committing crimes while being protected by a city and state government raising taxes to fund that insanity. The times of SanFran being a destination are over.

  6. You can’t build a team with FA’s, it’s been tried a million times
    and it leaves you broke and with no happy ending.

  7. It’s 75 degrees and sunny…..and California is taxing you to death! Plus you have more earthquakes than any other state! No thanks.

  8. Yep…..FA are going to love handing over nearly 5% more of their total income to California in taxes than the next closest state.

  9. Not a niners fan, but it’s a great city if you make a ton of money. The team has great history, and with a potential solid new QB, Lynch could be on to something.

  10. As a Californian the taxes out here are awful and the state government is even worse. But you out of towners crying about earthquakes! We have not seen a decent quake in like 5 years and a big one on like 10. They last like 5 seconds. I’d take a quake over a tornado 10/10 times.

  11. askeddie11 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 9:43 am
    You can’t build a team with FA’s, it’s been tried a million times
    and it leaves you broke and with no happy ending.

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    The Broncos (2 SB appearance, 1 win) and the Eagles (1 for 1) would disagree.

  12. San Francisco ranks as 4th highest cost of living in the US:
    > Average rent: $2,925
    > Price of a home: $820,000

    Add is state taxes in California and you can see why a pro ball player would rather live elsewhere.

  13. One of those wins was given by the Rams, who sat out mostly all their starters. Or else they would’ve lost and be 5-11.

  14. Where else can you make $5 million per year after taxes when you sign for $10 million a year? And after that, you can almost afford a starter home!

  15. I see big time free agent athletes like Kevin Durant and Albert Pujols moving to California. These guys have all the money they’ll ever need, and they get to choose between St. Louis and Los Angeles, or Oklahoma City and San Francisco. Quality of life is the big decision when you have a family. Winning championships is more important when you’re single. Their families are definitely going to choose California. All these billionaires who own companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook can live anywhere in the world, and they all live within 15 miles of Santa Clara.

  16. mazenblue says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:52 am
    6 win QB is highly appealing huh John??
    ******************************************

    JG is 7-0. It is the zero there that matters. Sports 101 dude.

  17. Yep. San Francisco and NorCal is a terrrible place to live. And it’s really boring with nothing to do. Please stay away instead of relocating here by the thousands each month.

    I totally forgot how cheap it is to live in Manhattan, without any traffic, just like in Chicago, Philly, LA, and pretty much anywhere else that has a growing economy.

  18. 49ers are making all the right moves and it’s hurting all these naysayers feelings…I’m truly enjoying this. Nobody thought that under Jed York this was possible and look where they are now. Give credit where credit is due, there aren’t many teams on a better trajectory than the 49ers right now. It’s exciting and the fans deserve to have an off-season with some hope. Go Niners!!

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Can’t rebuild through free agency…be careful out there lynch

    True but a vet with the right qualities can steer some younger players in the right direction and speed up the process. But you’re right about relying on too many to patch holes. It sets your team back financially and stunts the growth of a young team

  20. I love how they keep talking about the earthquakes. When was the last time a hurricane, tornado or storm where people froze to death hit San Francisco? Just like football season they have tornado and hurricane season, but get hey it’s affordable with lower taxes.

  21. Ya, who wouldn’t want to play with Jimmy Pinocchio in San Francisco? I’m sure most players in the league grew up watching Little Jimmy work wonders on the field, dreaming of one day being his teammate.

  22. faithful49er707 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    Gotta love people from out of state complaining about California taxes as if they live in California.
    ————————-
    Taxes are why I USED to live in California. No regrets on leaving.

  23. MrGschwind says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    That’s great and all, but does Lynch realize how much cap space he just gave to the quarterback?

    Jimmy counts 37mil against the cap this season which leaves the Niners around 63 mil in cap space (includes draft class) and this is still 3rd most in the league.

    His cap number is only 20 next year then 27 the next 3 years. Considering cap increases every year I’d say they are still in great cap shape as long as lynch is still smart luring fa w/o breaking the bank.
    Should be fun times ahead if Jimmy is the real deal.

  24. Hopefully they are smart about how they spend the excess of cap they have. Identify players they want and don’t overpay, build through the draft. They have an opportunity to turn that team around, or they could make a couple big mistakes now and get themselves muddled in mediocrity.

  25. ncphinsfan says:
    February 11, 2018 at 9:29 am
    100 Bucks says Jarvis Landry is a 49er… he will get at least $14.5M a year and the Dolphins simply can’t afford him.
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    This will never happen. Lynch would never bring in a cancer like Landry. NEVER

  26. charliecharger says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:52 am
    I see big time free agent athletes like Kevin Durant and Albert Pujols moving to California. These guys have all the money they’ll ever need, and they get to choose between St. Louis and Los Angeles, or Oklahoma City and San Francisco. Quality of life is the big decision when you have a family. Winning championships is more important when you’re single. Their families are definitely going to choose California. All these billionaires who own companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook can live anywhere in the world, and they all live within 15 miles of Santa Clara.
    ———————–
    It’s always hilarious to me when people take shots at CA. I’ve lived here my whole life. I traveled the country for work and outside of Chicago or Boston most of these metropolitan cities cannot overcome their horrible weather to entice the bright ones on the west coast to move out that way. I’ll stay here with my niners and my W’s.
    You guys keep talking junk and I’ll keep wearing shorts and flip flops in February…

  27. CA, FLA, Europe, whatever. A team becomes a free agent destination by winning and having a coach players respect. Only when and if the Niners reach that point will they be a destination.

  28. Lol well then you shouldn’t have spent all your money on the QB position. Wasn’t aware Jimmy G. was the second coming of Joe Montana to that franchise. 5 starts & wins wasn’t enough to sway me. Silly me.

  29. Too bad your City is over-run by people defecating in the streets and illegals committing crimes while being protected by a city and state government raising taxes to fund that insanity. The times of SanFran being a destination are over.

    Hey smarty pants, the Niners play in Santa Clara, which is a whole different city entirely than San Fran. Take your racist political soapbox back over to the Faux News website.

  30. bordner says:
    February 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Looking at the attendance last year, the 49ers don’t even appear to be a destination for their fans.
    ______________

    You obviously didn’t watch the two starts Garoppolo had at home against The Titans and Jaguars. Good quarterbacks have a way of filling stadiums. Next year the stadium will be packed and loud. Take notes.

  31. san francisco. home of the hippies who defecate in the roads and shoot heroin. yeah, real fun that frisco is. they should all end up in alcatraz. pardon the pun.

  32. rainponcho87 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    mazenblue says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:52 am
    6 win QB is highly appealing huh John??
    ******************************************

    JG is 7-0. It is the zero there that matters. Sports 101 dude.
    ……
    I could see that look on your face when you go “No, its 7 wins, wah” TOO FUNNY!!

  33. Caesar Augustus says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    faithful49er707 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    Gotta love people from out of state complaining about California taxes as if they live in California.
    ————————-
    Taxes are why I USED to live in California. No regrets on leaving.

    ____________

    Translation: I couldn’t keep a job and tell everyone I left by choice.

  34. charliecharger says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:52 am
    I see big time free agent athletes like Kevin Durant and Albert Pujols moving to California. These guys have all the money they’ll ever need, and they get to choose between St. Louis and Los Angeles, or Oklahoma City and San Francisco. Quality of life is the big decision when you have a family. Winning championships is more important when you’re single. Their families are definitely going to choose California. All these billionaires who own companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook can live anywhere in the world, and they all live within 15 miles of Santa Clara.
    ———————
    Yeah, that’s why Toyota is relocating to Texas…quality of life!

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