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Ex-49ers exec offers bizarre advice for Jimmy Garoppolo contract talks

Former San Francisco 49ers CEO and president Carmen Policy offered up some absolutely bizarre advice concerning how he would approach the organization’s contract negotiations with franchise-altering quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“If I were representing the team I would enter the room and bring a large jar of Vaseline and I’d say to Jimmy’s agent, ‘I’m a nice guy, I really want to do the right thing, please be gentle with me,'” Policy said during an appearance on San Francisco’s 95.7 The Fan.

The 74-year-old Policy insisted in an email to Pro Football Talk the comment was not intended to be bizarrely sexual in nature.

“At my age any references would be related to Male Medical Exams and would have no sexual connotation,” Policy indicated.

While that may indeed be the case, there’s no question the 49ers ought to pay a king’s ransom if needed to keep Garoppolo in the fold.

Set to enter unrestricted free agency in March, Garoppolo assured himself a huge financial windfall by leading the 49ers to a 5-0 record in games he started. In six appearances, Garoppolo completed 67.6 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and five interceptions for a 96.2 quarterback rating.

The 49ers were — and in some cases, still are — in the midst of a massive overhaul prior to his arrival via an October trade from the New England Patriots only makes him that much more valuable to the team who operated under rookie GM John Lynch and first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan. And it cannot be understated that the 49ers are eager to keep Garoppolo in the Bay Area.

“Look, we want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time, and that process is going to take place here and we’re eager to get that done, to have the opportunity,” Lynch said at his season-ending press conference earlier this month.

Let’s just hope Lynch doesn’t follow Policy’s advice. That wouldn’t be good for anyone.

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