The 49ers are reportedly expected to fire head coach Chip Kelly, as well as general manager Trent Baalke, after the team's regular-season finale Sunday. In doing so, they'll be parting ways with their head coach after one season for the second consecutive campaign, following the dismissal of Jim Tomsula in 2015.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, citing a source, that the 49ers will owe more than $30 million in coaches salaries if they do fire Kelly, and that presumably doesn't include the money a new head coach will require.
The source told Rapoport the 49ers believe the significant money lost isn't "as important as building a winning franchise again."
While San Francisco deserves credit for making what they believe to be the best move for the team, regardless of the financial drawbacks, being forced to pay three separate head coaches for the next season or two is never a good thing.
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