INDIANAPOLIS -- Analyst-turned-general manager John Lynch is now employed by the San Francisco 49ers. While he may be all kinds of new to the front office world, it's possible Lynch may decide the path for two teams. Yes, that means the Washington Redskins.
The idea of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins joining the 49ers became clear once Kyle Shanahan became San Francisco's new head coach. The move happened last month just days after Shanahan served as offensive coordinator in the Super Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, Shanahan held the OC title with the Redskins when Washington drafted Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Those two bonded during those days in Ashburn and remain tight even after the Shanahan's were exiled.
Now Kyle Shanahan is coaching his own team, a team with nothing at quarterback.The Redskins have a quarterback, but it's not completely clear how much they want him in terms of a new long-term contract. It's also not a lock the quarterback wants to remain with an organization that wasn't always cool with him during the Robert Griffin III era and didn't step up to the plate during contract talks last year.
Enter Lynch, who has no front office experience, but is tasked with helping turn a dismal 49ers squad around. San Francisco owns the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Quarterback prospects like Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky might be the call. That path might have the most potential, but it's also the slower route. Lynch and Shanahan each signed six-year contracts so time is on their side. However, to paraphrase Billy Crystal in the 1990's film "When Harry Met Sally," when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
With all that in mind, I asked Lynch at the Combine about his thoughts on going young or going established.
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This happened several days before Tuesday's report from NFL reporter Mike Silver, who based on his conversations stated, "I would say it’s more likely than not that Kirk Cousins ends up being the 49ers quarterback.
The 49ers can wait out the Redskins if they want. No long-term and no trade means Cousins almost assuredly becomes a free agent in 2018. Of course, other teams could trump San Francisco with a lucrative offer.
Washington might decide losing Cousins for nothing next year isn't ideal so better to take a trade now. Some think this means the 49ers could swoop in with a low-ball offer. Don't expect Redskins president Bruce Allen to do Shanahan any favors. Maybe Shanahan decides he can't wait a year to truly implement his plans.
That's why John Lynch, on the job for all of eight seconds, might be the one altering the course for two franchises with a combined eight Super Bowl rings.