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  • For some reasonthere's a powerful, viral strain of honesty running through NFL team front offices this week. Teams suddenly are telling the truth about Colin Kaepernick, who is still unemployed on June 1, nearly Shayne Skov Jersey three months into free agency.Giants owner John Mara's revelations were more on the aggravating side (not to mention disingenuousin light of his own history with supposed"problem"players). 49ers general manager John Lynch, however, was refreshing in correcting the record.It's another sign that Lynch'slack of experience in the job is not going to be a hindrance, and that he's what that team, and the NFL, actually needed. The first sign was his public undre sing of the Bears on draft night. This may be even more consequential it will have no bearing on the field for his team, but is invaluable to his and the 49ers integrity.MORE: One option left for Kaepernick?Somebody had to douse the fire of rumor, innuendo and outright smear dominating the conversation around Kaepernick's continued unemployment. Lynch took it upon himself, to NBC Sports Networks Pro Football Talk Live in an interview to be aired soon. Chris Davis Jersey It won't stop insiders and outsiders from trashing Kaepernick's character strictly to hide the real reasons for rejecting him (the reasons Mara gave, for example). But the transparency still helps.The talk about "walking away from $15 million,"for example:How that was leading to outrageous contract demands that no team wanted to meet, and about how hed still be on the 49ers' roster if he hadnt turned them down, so he has no one to blame but himself.Not true, Lynch said: He, new coach Kyle Shanahan and Kaepernick had discu sed it all, and all sides knew that either they would cut him, or he would opt out.For what it's worth, that's been clear since last October, when under the previous management, he had restructured his contractto do exactly that, and to allow the 49ers the same option. Going back even further, his 2017 status had been a factor a year ago when he asked for a trade and the 49ers shopped him around Quinton Patton Jersey before thoughts of a protest had ever surfaced. Memories got very selective during the rumor-spreading of the last three months, though.Lynch had a much bigger fable to deconstruct, though: the recent Sports Illustrated tale of an anonymous 49ers source concluding that Kaepernick actually wasnt interested in playing anymore. That was reflecting as poorly on the 49ers as it was on Kaepernick, depending on who was talking about it."I want to put that to rest,"Lynch told the show. I'm sorry that this came out of this building."More important, Lynch continued, he actually told Kaepernick that a player who had never played for him, but who he treated with more respect and with a higher sense of obligation thanthe rest of the league seems compelled to do."That was what was most important to me,"Lynch said, "to talk to Colin directly and let him know that I was sorry that that did (come out)and that nothing else like that will come out of this building if I have anything to do with it."Thats where that is. We wish Colin the best and I can tell everybody out there he very much is sincere in his interest to get back in this league, and I hope it works out for him."MORE: Breaking down new-look 49ersFor an organization that had spent at least three years burning bridges at an alarming rate, Lynch's handling of Frank Gore Jerseythe most volatile subject in front of them is a long-overdue positive.If nothing else, somebody owed Kaepernick an Im sorry"about how casually his reputation was being dragged through the mud. It wasnt nece sarily the 49ers or Lynch who owed it, but they gave it anyway.Lynch has done a lot right in a short period of time. Its a welcome change in an offseason too many people let turn ugly. Its a welcome change for Kaepernick and a welcome change for the 49ers.