Frustrated Jacobs never considered requesting trade


Frustrated Jacobs never considered requesting trade

SANTA CLARA -- Brandon Jacobs tweeted this month that he isn't suiting on up Sundays because he isn't good enough. It's unfamiliar territory for the two-time Super Bowl Champion.

REWIND: Jacobs just 'not good enough' ... right now

Jacobs carried the ball in excess of 145 times in each of his past five seasons with the New York Giants. The 30-year old signed a one-year, 1.579 million contract with the 49ers and is yet to play a single snap for his new team.

You can safely assume the lack of playing time did take some mental toll on the eight-year veteran.

"The first weeks of being healthy and practicing did (wear on me mentally)," Jacobs acknowledged. "But right now, at this point, I'm just coming out here and working hard and paying attention at meetings. I stay close to Coach Rathman and they make sure I take in all the information and take my mental reps, and that's all I can do."

The 2012 NFL trade deadline passed last Thursday without so much as a rumor that Jacobs was being shopped, and while Jacobs said he got a few calls about potential rumors, he had nothing to do with them.

While there are a number of NFL teams who would gladly employ his services -- and play him -- he didn't even contemplate the notion of requesting a trade from San Francisco.

"If you demand or request trades in this business," Jacobs explained, "you get murdered for it. I didn't even think about it. I didn't know if it was something they wanted to do or not. I didn't really care to think about it. A couple guys called me with rumors they heard, I just put it on the back burner and came to work every day."

With second-round draft pick LaMichael James in the fold, and both Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter signed through 2014, this could be Jacobs' last eight regular season games in San Francisco.

Wearing a large brace on his left knee, he insisted that his health isn't what is keeping him off the field.

"I feel really good right now," Jacobs said. "That's about all I can elaborate on, but I've been saying that for a while."

He's healthy enough, but is he "good enough" to factor into the running game? Without him, the 49ers rank first in the NFL, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 168.6 yards per game.

"You have to talk to Coach Harbaugh," Jacobs said when asked about his second-half participation plans. "I don't care to talk about that at all. You want to know anything about that, you have to talk to coach.

"Everything with me is positive."

The second half of the 2012 season will reveal Jacobs' impact on the 49ers' offensive scheme, and whether or not he'll be able to stay positive if it's none.

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, 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.