The stunned the football world Sunday night by naming finalist as their new general manager following weeks of secret courtship.

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Lynch’s deal with the 49ers will be for six years — the same contract length the 49ers are planning to give Kyle Shanahan jersey when they officially make him their head coach, sources informed of the situation told Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

“Having already helped lead a team to a title as a player, John is equipped with tremendous insight into what it takes to create a culture that breeds sustained success,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement Monday. “Having spent the last eight seasons as an analyst with FOX, he has honed his skills as a talented communicator while also developing valuable relationships around the league and a vast knowledge of the NFL that will be beneficial to our team. As we learned more and more about John, it became apparent that he was not only one of the best to ever play this game but also a Hall of Fame caliber man, one who people are compelled to follow.”

Speaking in response to critics about his lack of front-office experience, Lynch said he is “eager to earn their trust” during a conference call with reporters on Monday. “just can’t tell you how humbled and excited I am for his unbelievable opportunity.”

Fox Sports first reported Lynch’s hiring.

The finalists were believed to be Vikings assistant George Paton and Terry McDonough, the Cardinals’ vice president of player personnel 49ers home jerseys. Rapoport said the 49ers identified Lynch as a candidate “weeks ago.”

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The 45-year-old, who last played in 2008, has never held a job in an NFL front office.

The move seems on par with the surprising decision the Broncos made in 2011 to make John Elway their general manager, although Elway did spend a few years in charge of an Arena Football League team before taking the job. Lynch has been an analyst for Fox Sports since 2008.

The Niners might be the only team with a losing record that is genuinely upset about the season being over, as the Jimmy Garoppolo era has gotten off to a sizzling start. Yes, San Francisco was 6-10, but the Niners couldn’t lose after Garoppolo became the starter, winning five straight to close out the campaign. This offense looks completely different: efficient, consistent and confident.

Picking up 463 yards of total offense never seemed so easy as it did for the Niners against the Rams on Sunday. San Francisco converted 50 percent of its third downs, which reflects the new normal for this team, as did its 80 percent red-zone efficiency mark (4 for 5). Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida combined for 162 rushing yards (6.0 yard per carry) behind an O-line that is playing at an entirely new level. The unit didn’t allow a sack or a QB hit for the first time this season. Joe Staley, who had his best game of the season, didn’t allow a single pressure; the same goes for left guard Laken Tomlinson (no pressures allowed for just the second time this season). Huge props also go to Zane Beadles, who started the season at left guard, for making his fourth start at right tackle — Beadles has played every position but right guard this year. This O-line was the top-ranked run- and pass-blocking unit this week by Pro Football Focus. Just imagine if San Francisco had traded for Jimmy G sooner than late October.

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He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bond . The second-degree marijuana possession charge is considered a Class-A misdemeanor in Alabama.

“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts,” the team said in a statement.

Foster was selected 31st overall by the 49ers in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was considered a top target but slid down the draft board because of character issues. He was sent home from the draft combine for arguing with a hospital worker during his physical.

In April, he was notified by the NFL that his urine sample obtained during the NFL Scouting Combine was reported as dilute and was treated like a positive test. Foster disclosed the test results to NFL.com because, he said, “This is something that’s going to get out. I don’t make excuses.”

In his first season with the 49ers, he started 10 games and recorded 72 tackles.