The San Francisco 49ers have announced that they’ve hired former Eagles HC Chip Kelly as their new head coach.
- Adam Schefter reports that the 49ers are signing Chip Kelly to a four-year, $24 million contract.
- This is good news for the Eagles, as this money will reduce what they owe him.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers were down to Kelly and Mike Shanahan for their head coaching position. However, it appears as though the 49ers have elected to go with Kelly.
- Ian Rapoport reports that GM Trent Baalke will maintain his control over the team’s 53-man roster.
- Adam Caplan reports that Eagles QB coach Ryan Day could be under consideration for the 49ers’ offensive coordinator job.
You can expect there to be a great deal of speculation about Colin Kaepernick’s future with the team now that Kelly has been hired. Many have said that Kelly may actually be a good fit for Kaepernick, due to his offensive system.
Interestingly enough, Ian Rapoport reports that Kelly was actually trying to figure out a way to trade Kaepernick before landing his next job. Obviously, he won’t have to do so anymore.
During his three years with the Eagles, Kelly has led them to a record of 26-21 (553. percent) including two 10-6 seasons and a playoff appearance.
The 49ers also considered Bills assistant head coach/RBs Anthony Lynn, Bengals OC Hue Jackson, Chip Kelly, Browns OC John Defilippo, Buccaneers OC Dirk Koetter, Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan for the position.