49ers in real danger of losing Adam Peters (maybe to Giants)

Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

There’s an interest in 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters, and it’s possible the Giants may try plucking him away to fill their GM role in 2022.

One of the San Francisco 49ers‘ top executives might be performing his duties elsewhere this upcoming season.

The Niners’ assistant general manager, Adam Peters, is reportedly emerging as a hot name among executive circles heading into the 2022 offseason. Already having played a massive role as a talent evaluator and assistant to San Francisco’s current general manager, John Lynch, there’s a legitimate concern Peters could be lured away by the always-present higher role (with higher pay) on a team seeking a general manager.

The 49ers nearly lost Peters, who initially joined them under Lynch as the team’s vice president of player personnel, to the Carolina Panthers entering 2021.

The Panthers eventually selected Scott Fitterer to be their general manager, but it’s looking as if the demand for Peters isn’t going away anytime soon.

NY Giants frontrunners for 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters?

Per to a report from Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager, the New York Giants requested permission to interview Peters for their general manager vacancy, left by the now-retired Dave Gettleman.

And, according to some, it would be an extremely wise hire.

A well-known NFL agent told FanSided’s national NFL insider Matt Lombardo the following about the G-Men potentially luring in Peters:

"Adam Peters would be an absolute home run hire for the Giants. Carolina made a big mistake not hiring him as their general manager last year. Get that guy, let him hire his head coach, and the organization will be moving in the right direction."

Peters has played a massive role in the Niners’ turnaround from the doldrum years of 2015 and 2016, including NFL Draft classes that have landed top names like tight end George Kittle, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, linebacker Fred Warner and even more recent up-and-coming players like running back Elijah Mitchell and cornerback Ambry Thomas.

How can the 49ers keep Adam Peters?

There might be a possible way for San Francisco to prevent Peters from departing, but it would involve some organizational restructuring.

Lynch might have to alter his duties to a certain point, perhaps even something involving stepping away from typical general manager duties, then handing that title over to Peters in what would effectively be a promotion.

One which likely includes a raise.

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Teams can get creative with titles and roles, so it’s not out of the question. In fact, there’s a thought Peters’ original promotion a year ago from VP of player personnel to assistant general manager was part of the attempt to retain him from going somewhere else.

“He’s a stud,” that same agent said told Lombardo of Peters. “Hands down, the best evaluator in football.”

However they can, the 49ers would be wise to ensure Peters doesn’t get away.

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