49ers preparing to name Adam Peters as general manager after John Lynch promotion?

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (L) and assistant GM Adam Peters (R)
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (L) and assistant GM Adam Peters (R) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

The 49ers gave John Lynch both an extension and a promotion, which could be setting up Adam Peters to be promoted, too.

There are many who feel that while general manager John Lynch is the face of the San Francisco 49ers' roster-building process, the real grunt work is performed by assistant general manager Adam Peters, Lynch's No. 2.

Perhaps. That might explain why Peters was a hot name among GM searches last offseason, and he actually ended up turning down two interviews despite this.

After all, plucking names from the Niners' front office has become something of a popular choice, as now-general managers Ran Carthon and Martin Mayhew of the Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders, respectively, found out.

Peters, however, has stayed put. And San Francisco probably knows it won't be for long if the status quo remains.

49ers promote John Lynch, is Adam Peters next?

Last September, news broke that the 49ers had extended both Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, easily recognizing the work these two had put in since taking over the franchise in 2017 and turning it into a multiyear Super Bowl contender.

This week, though, NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco found out that Lynch also received something of a quasi-promotion, a new title that reads "president of football operations."

Lynch is apparently keeping his GM role. But is that for now only?

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Peters, meanwhile, served as vice president of player personnel until 2022 when he received a promotion into his current assistant GM job. It's very possible, perhaps even likely that Lynch vacates the general manager title so that Peters can receive both a promotion and a raise to keep him within the Niners front office.

It's also possible that the actual duties of both staffers remain the same as they do now: Lynch acting as more of the public-facing executive, while Peters conducts roster construction from behind the scenes.

For now, it seems like this path is set up to take place.

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