Source: 49ers raised Smith's offer slightly to 9 million guaranteed


Source: 49ers raised Smith's offer slightly to 9 million guaranteed

The 49ers raised their contract offer to quarterback Alex Smith only "moderately" in late negotiations, a league source told on Wednesday.Smith signed a three-year, 24 million contract that includes 9 million in fully guaranteed money, the source said. If Smith maxes out his incentive package -- likely based on play time and undisclosed performance levels -- the total package of the contract can reach 33 million.The total money available to Smith in his contract did not change from the 49ers' initial offer several weeks ago, the source said. But the 49ers did raise the guaranteed money 1 million from their initial 8 million offer, according to the source.Smith said on Wednesday that coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke informed him last week of the club's interest in free-agent Peyton Manning. Smith said he was not offended that Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman flew cross country to watch Manning work out.When Smith remained unsigned through the first five days of free agency, he took a visit to meet Miami Dolphins coaches and team officials on Sunday. During that time, the 49ers never took their offer off the table while the club pursued Manning, Smith confirmed.Smith's option began to dry up over the weekend when the Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Then, the Dolphins signed former Jacksonville starter David Garrard, awarding him a 1 million signing bonus.After Manning chose the Denver Broncos over the 49ers and Tennessee Titans on Monday, the 49ers raised their offer of guaranteed money to Smith by 1 million, the source said.Smith said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that he was not upset with the 49ers' offer of years and commitment."The issues came more from the structure than anything," Smith said. "Really, the money wasn't an issue. Those of you guys who know me know what type of guy I am. Money is great for security, but I'm not the type of guy who has a bunch of flashy cars. Other than taking care of my family, it's not something that means a lot to me."And, really, just a matter of working out the structure of the contract to get it to where we felt good about it."Agent Tom Condon, working on behalf of Smith, and 49ers chief operating officer Paraag Marathe negotiated the deal. In the end, Smith said he returned to the only place he wanted to play in 2012."For me, this was the plan all along," Smith said. "Obviously, since the season ended, I wanted to be back here. And it dragged out a little bit, but glad it's over. Glad it's done. I'm glad to get back to work."

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.