49ers ink Kyle Shanahan to new contract extension

Crystal Scuor
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Monday, June 15, 2020

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan agrees to 6-year deal with the 49ers

Well, it may not have been the deal 49ers fans have been waiting for, considering George Kittle has yet to sign his fancy tight end contract with the team. 

But according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, head coach Kyle Shanahan just doubled-up. 

Shanahan had three years left on his original contract, which has now been extended to a six-year deal. The full details of his new contract have not yet been released; however, Schefter also reported that the 40-year-old's extension "makes Shanahan one of the NFL's five highest-paid coaches."

As of right now, these are the top dogs at the coaching position, per CBS Sports:

  • Bill Belichick: $12 million
  • Pete Carroll: $11 million
  • Jon Gruden: $10 million
  • Sean Payton: $9.8 million
  • John Harbaugh: $9 million

Suffice to say, Shanahan is most likely pulling in over $9 million per year.

It's no surprise 49ers owner Jed York decided to lock him down for the long haul. After signing Shanahan to his first six-year deal in February 2017, San Fran's bench boss immediately began to rebuild and eventually led his team to an NFC championship this past season. He's polished this diamond-in-the-rough squad into a family of hungry athletes who are determined to make it back to the big game. 

Shanahan's path to the 49ers is full of admiration around the league, where he is now regarded as one of the top offensive playcallers in the game. 

Beyond the gridiron, Shanahan has added a very diverse coaching staff, including 11 women or people of colour. One being defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, who was signed in 2017 as part of Shanahan's crew. Saleh is believed to be the NFL's first ever Arab American coordinator at the time when he joined the 49ers. 

Shanahan is the man with a plan for San Fran as he continues to be a trailblazer both on-and-off the field. Earlier this month, he spoke about race with a passionate voice of support for people of colour. He said it is "embarrassing for the NFL to only have three black head coaches and two black general managers."

Continue to lead the team and the NFL in everything you do and congrats on the deal, Coach Shanny! 


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