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49ers GM John Lynch hires new VP of player personnel

This Nov. 9, 2014 photo shows former NFL player John Lynch on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.
This Nov. 9, 2014 photo shows former NFL player John Lynch on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. ASSOCIATED PRESS

New 49ers general manager John Lynch landed his first major hire Tuesday, plucking Adam Peters from the Broncos’ scouting department to be the 49ers’ vice president of player personnel.

The 49ers confirmed they have agreed to terms with Peters, who has spent the past eight years with the Broncos, most recently as their director of college scouting.

“When it comes to stars in this industry, Adam Peters is certainly one of them,” Lynch said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from two incredibly successful organizations, and is one of the most respected talent evaluators in the National Football League.”

Peters previously served as Denver’s assistant director of college scouting and as both a national and Western region scout. Before that he spent six years in the Patriots’ personnel department.

Lynch talked in a conference call Monday about Denver general manager John Elway’s influence on his decision to go into management, and in his statement Tuesday thanked Elway for allowing Peters to pursue the 49ers job.

While in Denver, Peters helped scout 27 players who were on the roster for the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. Lynch did not specify Monday how personnel duties will be distributed in the 49ers’ new structure, but did mention current assistant GM Tom Gamble as someone who has “a ton of experience in this business.”

A native of Cupertino, Peters attended Monta Vista High School and UCLA.

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