John Lynch is already showing that he may be a more business-savvy general manager than people have been giving him credit for.

The new San Francisco 49ers GM asked the team to keep his candidacy a secret from the public and media during the interview process as a way to test if the organization had any leaks to worry about.

“One of the great and liberating things for me, and I think why this thing came to fruition, I made a big deal that this stay quiet,” Lynch told KNBR 680 on Wednesday. “First of all, you know what I was doing? Part of the rumors are things fly out of that building. And I wanted to see if I could trust this person. And so that was part of my thinking.”

Under former GM Trent Baalke, the 49ers had information leaking out left and right, including former head coach Jim Harbaugh’s unceremonious departure and last offseason’s contract dispute with Colin Kaepernick.

CEO Jed York and his close relationship with Baalke took a lot of the blame for the Niners’ problems, but Lynch says his new boss is ready to keep himself from getting over-involved.

“(Jed’s) tired of some strife and contention in the building. He wants harmony,” said Lynch. “He wants to give us the resources. He wants to be a support mechanism. But he wants to get out of the way and let us work. To me, that’s an awesome deal.”

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