After a rough start to the Levi’s Stadium era, the San Francisco 49ers have clearly started a tradition that’s worth building on — led by coach Kyle Shanahan, the team has accomplished much in the last few seasons, save for the franchise’s elusive sixth Super Bowl win.
But the 49ers came close, only to lose the NFL’s ultimate game in 2019 to the Chiefs. If the team is to continue to field competitive teams, however, CEO Jed York must be willing to write big checks when necessary, not to mention possible due to salary-cap constraints.
According to Shanahan, York will never stop looking for a big-time acquisition. In talking about quarterback Trey Lance to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami, Shanahan exprssed his happiness with the situation.
“I’ll never say that we’re going to stop,” Kyle Shanahan said of looking for a big acquisition. “That’s one of the things I love about being here. I promise you Jed never wants to stop.”The Athletic
Shanahan mentioned that with Lance on a rookie deal for years to come, the 49ers will have more financial flexibility. Kawakami pointed out that when veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract likely comes off the books next season, the time will be ripe for a big acquisition from San Francisco.
And York is apparently willing to spend. Though there’s a salary cap in the NFL and owners can only spend so much, York is willing to pay for two quarterbacks this season, for example. Sometimes, teams have to eat money and move on, and York seems willing to do that, too.
Importantly, York’s deep pockets keep Shanahan happy, and no doubt do the same for general manager John Lynch. That’s the ultimate driving force for building a winner, and York is apparently doing his part.
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