John Lynch wants to keep Jimmy Garoppolo with 49ers for 'long, long time'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch made no promises about executing a long-term contract with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

But Lynch made it clear on Tuesday that securing Garoppolo to a multi-year contract is at the top of his priority list for the offseason.

“We want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” Lynch said at a season-ending press conference at Levi’s Stadium. “And that process is going to take place here and we’re eager to get that done – to have the opportunity. But one thing we believe, those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public. That’s the way we’re going to treat that.

“But you have our assurances – and the fans do – that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time.”

Lynch said he has spoken to Garoppolo about his desires and feels good about his quarterback’s openness to sign a long-term contract.

“We’ve had conversations with him and we know where he stands and we’re comfortable with that,” Lynch said.

If the 49ers fail to reach a long-term contract with Garoppolo by March 6, the team would designate him as their franchise player to retain his rights for the 2018 season on a one-year deal worth in excess of $22 million.