This is likely the career for Aaron Lynch. This is a player who fell to the sixth round because of hustle and injury issues. Vic Fangio gave him a chance in San Francisco and he excelled at times.
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However, he also slumped at times. When Fangio left, he fell out of favor of the coaching staff. The team switched schemes and between gaining weight in the first coaching change, and losing it in the second, he has not had a steady weight or health status.
Now, he signed a one-year $3 million deal deep into the offseason with the old defensive coordinator who drafted him. It sounds as though Lynch believes in Fangio, but also that there are not many offers swimming around out there.
Lynch already missed some time at OTAs. There is a spot open at left outside linebacker, but if he is not healthy, they are not going to put him on the field. If he does not get on the field this season, it is going to be tough for him to find offers next summer.
The ceiling is a starting role and a legitimate chance at sacks and a contract down the road. The floor is potentially waiting until August to get a chance to sign in 2019. That is the pressure on Aaron Lynch.