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49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledges he turned down big money TV offer

The former star safety is still enjoying “the opportunity to compete,” but admitted some temptation to return to broadcasting.

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch was one of several prominent NFL decision-makers that held a press conference with reporters on Wednesday at the draft combine in Indianapolis. Lynch answered several questions about the current 49ers roster, impending free agents, and offseason needs. He was also asked about recent reports that he considered leaving San Francisco to return to the broadcast booth. Before joining the Niners front office, Lynch was a broadcaster with Fox Sports for eight years.

Andrew Marchand of The New York Post has connected Lynch to some prominent broadcasting opportunities this offseason. Marchand reported that executives from Amazon had dinner with Lynch to see if they could convince him to leave Niners. Per Marchand, Amazon could have offered the Hall of Fame safety more than triple his roughly $5 million salary with the 49ers. While Lynch did not get into those specifics, he hinted on Wednesday that he had received lucrative offers by saying, “I can’t believe they’re paying that much for people that talk football. It’s unbelievable.”

Ultimately, Lynch decided to remain the 49ers' general manager. On Wednesday, he cited his competitive spirit for driving him to stay. He said, “I came to this business because of the opportunity to compete. I think we have a very good team, and I think we've got an opportunity to get better, and I’m into that.”

Here’s Lynch’s full reply:

Reporter: There was a report that you were being recruited to return to TV. What went into the decision to stay with the team?

Lynch: Well, I came to this business because of the opportunity to compete. I think we have a very good team and I think we’ve got an opportunity to get better and I’m into that. It’s flattering when people come, especially people whom you respect so much, old friends and whatnot, and show interest. And you listen, but ultimately, I made a decision, my family made a decision that this is where my heart is at right now. And that’s what I’ve always had guide me. So, I’m happy to be here and that’s that. It is a lot of money though. I can’t believe they’re paying that much for people that talk football. It’s unbelievable.