SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Earl Mitchell received a head begin on free company after being launched final week by the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers managed to promote him on familiarity with coaches moderately than previous success for the staff.
After principally sitting out free company final offseason, the Niners beat out Atlanta, Seattle and Denver for Mitchell’s providers by formally signing him to a 4-yr $sixteen million contract on Saturday. Mitchell shall be paid $5.5 million in 2017, an individual acquainted with the deal stated on situation of anonymity as a result of phrases weren’t launched.
The 49ers have been allowed to signal Mitchell earlier than full free company begins March 9 as a result of Mitchell had been launched by Miami.
Mitchell stated he wasn’t deterred by the truth that San Francisco gained simply two video games a yr in the past, saying he believed within the new course the franchise is headed in beneath coach Kyle Shanahan and basic supervisor John Lynch.
“I’m not a type of kinds of guys who seems into the previous,” Mitchell stated. “I’m all the time wanting forward. Yearly is totally different on this league, that’s one factor I find out about enjoying on this league. In terms of considering like that, that’s not the best way to assume.”
Mitchell was interested in San Francisco partially as a result of he performed one season beneath new 49ers defensive position coach Jeff Zgonina in Houston and was a teammate with the Texans with one other 49ers defensive assistant, DeMeco Ryans.
The 49ers need assistance on the inside defensive position as they’re anticipated to modify from a 3-man to a 4-man entrance beneath new coordinator Robert Saleh. San Francisco allowed a league-worst one hundred sixty five.9 yards dashing per recreation final season.
“As quickly as Earl hit the open market, he turned a precedence for us to signal,” Lynch stated. “A person of excessive character, he represents every thing we need to be as a soccer staff. Earl is a tone setter who performs the sport with an incredible ardour and the trouble essential to win on this league. We consider these qualities are contagious and can assist to make our group stronger. We look ahead to the impression Earl may have on the sector, within the locker room and in our group.”
Underneath common supervisor Trent Baalke final season, the Niners principally have been quiet in free company, with offensive lineman Zane Beadles probably the most outstanding addition.
Mitchell was drafted by Houston within the third spherical in 2010 and performed 4 seasons for the Texans. He then signed a 4-yr, $sixteen million contract with the…