John Lynch sat down Monday afternoon for his annual pre-draft address with the local media. With the 49ers not drafting until the end of round three, most of the discussion was about players already on the roster.
Listening to Lynch speak it sounded as though the door could be open for a trade.
Lynch talked about how at this time a year ago he spoke with Mike McGlinchey about the possibility of the right tackle being traded.
“A year ago, it became apparent that a year away from that it would be tough to re-sign him. I brought Mike up and said, ‘From being a player myself, I never want you to hear from anyone else that you’re being shopped.’ If we are fielding inbound calls, I think I would be doing that every single day. I do think with the sensitivity of Trey’s position, may be a little different. Trey and I have talked, and we are on the same page.”
When asked to characterize the calls being made Lynch said, “it hasn’t been extremely active” and “it hasn’t been that substantive.”
Lynch did state he expects Lance to be on the 49ers roster this season, but the general feel was the quarterback could be had if a solid offer is received.
Compare Lynch’s answers on Lance to the one he gave when asked about possibly trading away Nick Bosa.
“That hotline is closed. That never opened,” said Lynch.
According to Lynch, Purdy is “making great progress” as he continues to rehab the surgically repaired UCL in his throwing arm.
Purdy is expected to start throwing twelve weeks post-surgery and he is currently at the six-week mark. This puts the next inflection point for Purdy to occur on June 2.
Purdy made some news during a recent interview when he mentioned he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play this year. Lynch seemed to dismiss this notion, stating it was “Brock being Brock and understanding that he needs to be exactly where he’s at, and that it doesn’t do him or anyone else a lot of good to be speculating about what’s to come.”
Lynch said their focus is on the draft and they will begin working on a contract extension next week.
As he has done in previous years Bosa is working out in Florida to prepare for the upcoming season. The 49ers track record suggests they will get a deal done with the pass rusher before the start of the season.
Aiyuk has been suggested as a possible trade piece this offseason. This stems from the 49ers not yet picking up the wideouts fifth-year option along with the cost of paying both Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel in 2024. Lynch stated he expects an announcement on the option following the draft.
During his answer on Aiyuk, Lynch said “we’re trying to do something special this year.” Sounds like moving Aiyuk could come next offseason, like what the 49ers did with DeForest Buckner.
The 2022 sixth round selection has been impressive this offseason. He’s been in Santa Clara since the end of the season and has made a lot of progress in terms of his strength and explosion.
Zakelj has the ability to play every position along the offensive line.
The 49ers added Feliciano during free agency. The veteran has started several games at all three interior positions in his career.
When asked about the possibility of the veteran starting at right guard Lynch stated that “it’s open to him.”
Spencer Burford started at right guard last season as a rookie. Burford played inside and outside in college. With Mike McGlinchey departing during free agency, keep an eye on Burford competing with Colton McKivitz for the starting right tackle job.
Lynch noted the theme of this year’s draft is the depth, stating there are several good players who will be around for the 49ers if they stay at number 99 for their first selection.
San Francisco has a few new sets of eyes to help prepare this year. Steve Wilks has been helping on the defensive side while Klint Kubiak is doing the same for the offense.
Frank Gore has also been in meetings. The former 49ers great had shown an interest and Lynch wanted to provide the opportunity.