49ers key matchup No. 1: Boone vs. Suh

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49ers key matchup No. 1: Boone vs. Suh

(This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Lions matchups to watch Sunday, 5:20 p.m. (NBC-TV), at Candlestick Park.49ers RG Alex Boone vs. Lions DT Ndamukong SuhTale of the tape
Boone (75): 6-foot-8, 300 pounds, third season, Ohio State
Suh (90): 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, third season, NebraskaThe 49ers' offensive line took notice a year ago when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told Bay Area reporters of his intention for the upcoming game.He did not specify Alex Smith, but that's how the 49ers' linemen interpreted Suh's remarks."I don't think any part of my game is intimidation, fear factor," Suh said. "It's more of, you either need to guard me or I'll continue to hit your quarterback. And if you're not going to protect your quarterback from me, then I'm going to continue to hit him."Suh did his talking during the week, but he did not have much to say during the game. He had just two assisted tackles and no quarterback hits. Tight end Delanie Walker delivered big blocks on Suh that helped open the way for Frank Gore to rush for a good chunk of his 141 yards.Suh will be facing Alex Boone, making his second start at right guard. The 49ers moved Boone from his role as the swing tackle last season to take over for Adam Snyder, whom the 49ers had no intention of re-signing as a free agent.Suh opened the season with disruptive showing against the St. Louis Rams. Suh recorded one sack and two other tackles for loss. Since 2010, Suh's 15 sacks rank second among all NFL defensive tackles."He's got initial burst. I noticed he's quick off the ball," Boone said. "He's got a little rage to him. He's an all-around good football player."He's a fierce player. He's always to the whistle -- to the echo of the whistle. That's the kind of guy you want on your team. They're fun to play against, and at the same time it's going to be a challenge."Meanwhile, Boone had a strong day in his regular-season debut in the 49ers' 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers. His pass protection was good, and the 49ers rushed for 186 yards as a team.Boone said he wants to remain lower and play with better leverage. In the run game, he said he must do a better job of keeping his head up to avoid injury."He did some things that were great," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "We were all thrilled to see some instinctive things he did. Played physical, played to his personality, which is aggressive, passionate, old school, nasty. He had a lot of fun out there. Boone loves playing football."It was a good start for Alex and got a big challenge this week with this front four coming in."

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 12 games at left guard, two games at left tackle and the final two games at center.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.

 

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.