John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will manage the roster as partners. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will manage the roster as partners. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

How the 49ers are structuring their new front office to overcome a lack of experience

SANTA CLARA — John Lynch is going to need some help in his new role. The first-year executive knows that.

He already hired Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to be the 49ers’ vice president of player personnel and on Thursday, Lynch announced he was adding Martin Mayhew as the senior personnel executive

“I had Adam who’s a tremendous evaluator but I wanted a guy who’s been in the seat that I’m in,” Lynch explained.

Mayhew spent the 2016 season with the New York Giants and before that, he rebuilt the Detroit Lions as general manager after Matt Millen left the franchise in ruins.

The 49ers first-year GM said he trusted Mayhew, a former defensive backfield-mate of Lynch’s in Tampa Bay.

“Martin’s motivation is purely to be here, to help us win, to help me in some of the places I’ve got some ground to gain,” Lynch said. “And I think surrounding yourself with people who’ve been there before is a smart thing to do and I felt like he fit that bill perfectly.”

Under the 49ers’ new braintrust: Head coach Kyle Shanahan will be responsible for the 53-man roster while Lynch is tasked with the 90-man roster, free agency and the draft.

The structure reflects the franchise’s commitment to making the head coach-GM dynamic a partnership, according to Lynch. Despite having leverage during negotiations, Shanahan said he didn’t consider pushing for more control over the roster.

“It was important to me to have the 53 on paper because I think it’s important that the players know that and that the coaching is ultimately going to be responsible for that. But, that’s more of a perception thing,” Shanahan said. “When I got paired up with John and talking to Jed, why demand all of that stuff when I don’t think it matters? It’s not something to fight for.”

In Lynch’s words, every decision by either him or Shanahan will be approved by the other before being made officially.

Players in attendance supported the idea of the coach having a significant impact on the final roster.

“It’s encouraging to know that the person that’s out there coaching you every day, watching what you do every day, seeing the work that you put in every day is going to be the person making the decision,” safety Eric Reid said.Jed Yorkjohn lynchkyle shanahanNFLSan Francisco 49ers

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