49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack

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49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack

Aug. 12, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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NEW ORLEANS -- After a scoreless third quarter, the New Orleans Saints held onto a 17-3 lead against the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.Third quarter recap
Rookie Colin Kaepernick remained at quarterback through the entire third quarter. The 49ers did not get much going, as one drive ended when Kaepernick's pass attempt on a fourth-and-3 from the Saints' 45 fell incomplete.The 49ers' best play of the third quarter came when Kaepernick hit receiver Kyle Williams on a third-and-9 play. Williams turned into the middle of the field was brought down after a 25-yard gain. Williams, Ronald Johnson and Lance Long saw action at wide receiver in the third quarter.Through three quarters, Kaepernick completed five of 12 passes for 74 yards. He also led the 49ers with three rushes for 36 yards.Defensively, Aldon Smith recorded a sack, as he received credit for the being the one closest to the play after Saints quarterback Chase Daniel lost the ball and recovered it for a 6-yard loss. Smith was credited with four tackles through three quarters.After giving up a big play on special teams earlier in the game, the 49ers looked as if they'd gotten one back in the third quarter. Undrafted rookie Kenny Rowe broke through to block a punt. But the play was wiped out, as the 49ers were penalized for having 12 men on the field.

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.

It was the first significant move under new general manager John 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 13 games at left guard and the final three games at left tackle.

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.