The 49ers’ search for their next general manager has been narrowed.
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the 49ers on Monday, is remaining with the Seahawks, CSNBayArea.com confirmed on Tuesday. Kirchner was not comfortable with the working environment with the 49ers, the source said.
The NFL Network first reported Kirchner was removing himself from consideration to replace Trent Baalke, who was fired.
Kirchner and Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable were believed to be connected as the possible general manager-coach combination to fill the 49ers' vacancies. It is not known whether Cable will remove his name from consideration, too.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is considered atop the 49ers' wish list to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired after the team's 2-14 season.
Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, interviewed with Jed York and Paraag Marathe after Kirchner met with the 49ers’ executives.
49ers general manager interviews
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)
Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)
Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)
Monday, Jan. 9
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)
Tuesday, Jan. 10
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)
Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)
Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)