The Mercury News

Yet another loss as Lynch’s aide to leave for Washington

- By Shayna Rubin srubin@bayareanew­ Staff writer Cam Inman contribute­d to this report.

Teams around the NFL continue to pluck from the San Francisco 49ers’ personnel tree.

The Washington Football Team hired vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew as a “highrankin­g executive with a title to be determined,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Mayhew, 55, will join an organizati­on that’s restructur­ing its front office after winning the NFC

East title this past season with a 7-9 record.

The 49ers promoted Mayhew to his current post in 2019 after he spent two years as the team’s senior personnel executive. Mayhew shared the VP of player personnel position with Adam Peters, who has held the job since 2017.

Peters was a finalist for the Carolina Panthers general manager job that went to the Seattle Seahawks’ Scott Fitterer. The 18year NFL executive will remain in his role as John Lynch’s righthand man, per the Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman.

Mayhew’s departure comes on the heels of several exits from the 49ers’ staff. Defensive coordinato­r Robert Saleh accepted the New York Jets’ head coaching job and took with him offensive pass coordinato­r Mike LeFleur and offensive line coach John Benton.

Saleh’s departure netted the 49ers two compensato­ry thirdround picks.

But because Mayhew is not expected to take a general manager title, the 49ers aren’t expected to gain any compensato­ry picks when he leaves.

Mayhew, a former cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Washington, spent his entire post-playing career in front offices. He joined the Detroit Lions’ front office as a senior director of football administra­tion in 2001 and worked his way to general manager in 2008.

He was fired midway through a dismal 2015 season. Mayhew came to San Francisco after a year as the New York Giants’ director of football operations.

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