ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the San Francisco 49ers rewarded head coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract that replaces the three years he had remaining on his deal. So, Shanahan’s six-year deal starts now, which will keep him under contract with the team through the 2025 season.
According to Schefter, the new contract will make Shanahan one of the NFL’s five highest-paid head coaches. This is the second six-year contract in just over three years, so the 49ers are showing their commitment to Kyle, who has quickly helped turn the franchise around after leading them to an NFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance in three years.
Shanahan is widely regarded as the best play-caller in the NFL, but we saw in 2020 how much of an impact his “culture” had on the team. Shanahan has also put together one of the most diverse coaching staff in the NFL. Eleven of the 23 assistant coaches are minorities or women. A couple of weeks ago, Shanahan had some passionate words about the state of the country with police brutality and systematic racism. Here’s to hoping the next contract extension is after a (couple of) Super Bowl win (s).