49ers to pick up Mike McGlinchey's fifth-year option, John Lynch says

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Matt Maiocco
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Lynch reveals 49ers will pick up McGlinchey's fifth-year option originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 49ers will lock in right tackle Mike McGlinchey for a fifth NFL season -- even before he takes the field for Year 4.

General manager John Lynch on Monday announced the club will pick up the fifth-year option on McGlinchey, meaning his scheduled salary of $10.88 million for the 2022 season will be fully guaranteed.

"We've talked with Mike's representative and we are going to pick up that fifth-year option," Lynch said. "I don’t know (when) exactly, I've been focused on the draft, but I have let them know that that our intention is to pick that fifth-year option up.”

The deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year option on 2018 first-round draft picks is May 3.

McGlinchey, 29, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 draft, is coming off an up-and-down season. He rated as one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL as a run-blocker. And while his overall Pro Football Focus grade was good, he struggled in with a career-low grade in pass protection.

McGlinchey started all 16 games for the 49ers. In three NFL seasons, he has started all 47 regular-season and playoff games in which he has appeared. He missed four games in 2019 with a knee injury.

RELATED: Shanahan says it's 'irresponsible' to let public influence 49ers' pick

The move seems to ensure that the 49ers will keep together their offensive tackles for the foreseeable future. The 49ers are likely to attempt to work out a long-term deal with McGlinchey beyond the 2022 season.

The 49ers spent big in the offseason to retain left tackle Trent Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowl player. The 49ers signed Williams to a six-year, $138.06 million contract, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league.

Download and subscribe to the 49ers Talk Podcast