Goodwin honored as McKittrick Award winner

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Goodwin honored as McKittrick Award winner

Center Jonathan Goodwin, whom the 49ers acquired as a free agent in the offseason, was honored Monday night as winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award.Right guard Adam Snyder congratulated Goodwin on Twitter and included a photo of the menu for the dinner held in his recognition. Goodwin responded, "I feel honored when (I) look at some of the names on that list. Thanks to my OL teammates."
The 49ers have yet to announce any of their team award winners.
The McKittrick Award is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick, who coached 21 seasons with the 49ers. McKittrick, who died in 2000, was the line coach for each of the 49ers' five Super Bowl titles.

Coach Jim Harbaugh last week referred to Goodwin as "a block of granite up there for us." Goodwin spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, the team the 49ers defeated Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff round."You're happy, you're extremely happy," Goodwin said Monday. "But at the same time, you see some of your best friends' season end. So it's kind of bittersweet."When 49ers center David Baas signed as a free agent with the New York Giants, the 49ers filled the spot by acquiring Goodwin with a three-year, 10.9 million contract.A bronze plaque of McKittrick hangs in the 49ers locker room surrounded by photographs of McKittrick Award winners:1981 Keith Fahnhorst
1983 John Ayers
1984 Randy Cross
1985 Fred Quillan
1987 Bubba Paris
1988 Steve Wallace
1989 Harris Barton
1990 Guy McIntyre
1991 Jesse Sapolu
1992 Guy McIntyre
1993 Harris Barton
1994 Derrick Deese
1995 Kirk Scrafford
1996 Jesse Sapolu
1997 Ray Brown
1998 Chris Dalman
1999 Ray Brown
2000 Jeremy Newberry
2001 Ray Brown
2002 Scott Gragg
2003 Jeremy Newberry
2004 Kyle Kosier
2005 Jeremy Newberry
2006 Eric Heitmann
2007 Eric Heitmann
2008 Eric Heitmann
2009 David Baas
2010 David Baas
2011 Jonathan Goodwin

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.