Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

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Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh had an unscheduled visit with the media on Friday to talk about the 49ers' All-Pro selections and some other topics.Inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, defensive tackle Justin Smith, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee were chosen first-team Associated Press All-Pro. In addition, Justin Smith was voted second-team defensive end.The 49ers have a bye during the first weekend of the playoffs, and will play in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Candlestick Park against either New Orleans, Atlanta or the New York Giants.Here's what Harbaugh had to say. . .

What does it say about the team that five players were named first-team All-Pro?
Harbaugh: "We're always happy for the other guy's success, and I think what it says is a rising tide lifts all ships. And so we're happy for them."Bowman was first team and did not make Pro Bowl what does it say for him to get recognized?
Harbaugh: "He was a second-team (Pro Bowl) alternate. I think it's great recognition. He is our leading tackler, I believe. To do that alongside Patrick Willis, they've done a phenomenal job of playing great football and playing together well, and playing within the framework of our defense. He's already in his second year, and doing a tremendous job."Justin Smith was first-team defensive tackle and second-team defensive end. That's unique, isn't it?
Harbaugh: "That's unique. The fellas got a chuckle out of that when I announced it to them. 'First-team defensive tackle Justin Smith.' 'Second-team defensive end Justin Smith.' They got a laugh out of it."What is he: a defensive end or a defensive tackle?
Harbaugh: "He's both in our system. He plays tackle when we're in the four-down schemes, and he plays end when we're in the three-down schemes."Were there any who didn't make it that you thought should've been on?
Harbaugh: "Oh, sure. But based on what? There are a lot of good players in the league and I don't want to make any comparisons to those who made it or those who didn't. It's nice recognition. We're happy for those guys, and they're very well-deserving."Where will you watch the games this weekend?
Harbaugh: "Forty-nine, forty-nine Centennial Boulevard (the 49ers practice facility). We'll watch it here as a group, until we know who we're playing and then as soon as we know, we'll be able to get right on to the game-planning for that opponent. Literally, as soon as we know, we'll start doing that."What do you do when you're gearing up for a long night?
Harbaugh: "If it's just the coaches, we'll bring in pizzas or something like that."Do you feel like you guys are healing up out here the way you'd like on your bye week?
Harbaugh: "Yes. Our guys are in high spirits, great morale and really moving quick and fast. We got two really good days of practice and a third day was a recovery day, a workout day. And I think that helped, as well. Coming off our three days together, we're feeling good about the week."

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.