John Lynch has been as transparent as a General Manager can be in his first few months of taking over the job. One of the biggest things that the 49ers had issues with was controlling the leaking out of the building.
In turn, John Lynch has chosen to be as open as possible with the media. This time, he's doing a Pro Football Talk Live Interview with Mike Florio. One of the topics that came up during their discussion was the handling of QB Colin Kaepernick.
Lynch admitted to Florio that Kaepernick would have been cut if he hadn't opted out of his contract. Here's the full quote below from the Florio-Lynch interview, taken from Pro Football Talk.
"Yes, and we had that conversation with him. So I don’t want to characterize it as he made a decision to leave here. We both sat down and under that current construct of his deal, it was a big number. Kyle had a vision for what he wanted to do, and one thing I think Kyle was very clear and I think Colin appreciated, is that Kyle has an idea of how he’d play with Colin Kaepernick. But he preferred to run the exact offense that he ran in Atlanta last year that was record-breaking in this league. And if you change it for the quarterback, you change it for everybody on that offense. So he had a great discussion that I think gave Colin clarity, so we moved on. Brian Hoyer was one of the guys we pursued. Once we pursued him, we didn’t see Kaep as a backup that would really fit in that scheme and we communicated that to him. So I think we’ve been very up front with it. But I think that is a fair characterization. Yes, he was not going to be here under the construct of his contract. We gave him the option, ‘You can opt out, we can release you, whatever.’ And he chose to opt out, but that was just a formality.”
Many had wondered if Kaepernick would have been a 49er if he hadn't opted out of his contract. He was due for a huge salary had he opted in. Also Shanahan didn't feel that Kaepernick would fit the style of his offense and thus the decision was made.
It's refreshing to see an organization set an agenda and move forward with that. Also helps having a GM that shares his thoughts and is transparent. For now, we know that Kaepernick wouldn't have ever been a 49er moving forward.