Plummer says 49ers cited racy interview in firing


Plummer says 49ers cited racy interview in firing

April 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comGary Plummer believes his direct talk about the 49ers got him into trouble with the organization. But he was not fired as the 49ers' radio analyst until the team learned of his candid and explicit interview about sex."They had come to me four times during the season to ask me to go easier on them -- that was I was being too harsh on the team," Plummer told CSN Bay Area on Wednesday. "So I don't think I would've been with the team past 2011 anyway."Plummer was fired with one year remaining on his contract and he said the club cited his racy interview on "Lady Brain," a podcast and radio program that covers relationships, sex and body issues.
Plummer said he spoke with co-hosts Stephanie Walton and Lauren Schiller for 1 hour, 40 minutes for a podcast that went out after the Super Bowl. Excerpts from the interview later aired on KSJO 92.3-FM. "Lady Brain" bills itself as "The most candid show on the radio."And Plummer, 51, did not hold back.He spoke in graphic detail about his marital advice to his brother and his own divorce. Plummer, who played for the 49ers from 1994 to '97, recounted how some 49ers teammates got team employees to get phone numbers of female fans during games. He told of how one teammate had a sexual encounter after one road game behind a team bus while his family members were nearby.After on Tuesday posted a nine-minute excerpt from Plummer's interview, the 49ers declined to get into specifics of why Plummer was fired.Bob Sargent, the 49ers' director of broadcasting, told CSN Bay Area on Monday the change was made in the booth because new analyst Eric Davis is "a better fit.""The 49ers thank Gary for his services to the organization as a player and as a broadcaster," spokesman Bob Lange said. "We wish him all the best."The sides are believed to be in the process of negotiating a settlement. Meanwhile, Plummer expects to be broadcasting college games this fall."For me, I grew up in the Bay Area, loved the 49ers -- always have, always will," Plummer said. "But this is a different ownership group than the one we all grew up with. And it's their right to do what they want with their team."But I do consider it to be the fans' game. And they do deserve honesty and the truth. And I know I did that for them."

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 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, 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.