Lynch admits ‘master plan’ was always for 49ers to get Kirk Cousins

Niners GM pulls back curtain on franchise’s QB search

Karl Buscheck
March 22, 2018 - 10:48 am

In an appearance on ESPN Radio on Wednesday, John Lynch the 49ers general manager dropped an unexpected nugget, confirming what had long been speculated: Kirk Cousins, not Jimmy Garoppolo was supposed to be the franchise quarterback.

"We made the trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually," Lynch said on ESPN radio.

Then, after a month of practicing, Jimmy G made his debut, going on to guide the club to a 5-0 run and the Niners changed course.  Garoppolo ended up landing a a 5-year deal worth $137 million (with over $74 million guaranteed). Cousins scored a 3-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings that will pay him $84 million guaranteed.

"I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle, to the point where he said, 'This is our guy,’” Lynch said.

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