Thought of Manning as 49er never took off locally


Thought of Manning as 49er never took off locally

Reports are surfacing about teams holding internal discussions and checking their bank accounts with the intention of landing soon-to-be-former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.There's been some national buzz that the 49ers, a team that advanced within an overtime loss in the NFC championship game from the Super Bowl, would be a nice landing spot for the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback.Locally, the thought never seemed to gain a lot of traction.Coach Jim Harbaugh, who has the respect of the locker room for being a man of his word, seemed to put an end to any speculation weeks ago."Yeah, Alex (Smith) is our guy," Harbaugh said. "He had a tremendous season. Definitely, as a coach you worry about a lot of things. And when a quarterback is not signed and he is a free agent that leads to some lost sleep."MAIOCCO: Alex Smith and the 49ers: What's taking so long?
General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers feel "very comfortable" with their situation at quarterback, namely with Smith as the starter and Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien behind him.And Baalke went so far as to claim on Tuesday that there were no in-depth conversations within the 49ers organization on the subject of Manning wearing 49ers colors after his release from the Colts."We haven't had Peyton in here nor are we even talking about those things internally right now," Baalke said in an interview on KNBR. "Is he going to play? I don't know. That's for the doctors to make the decision on and for him."REWIND: Manning makes no sense for 49ers with Smith, Kaepernick around
Before the doctors even played a role in this -- and the doctors must play a role in this -- the team would have to come to a decision to make a huge commitment to Manning.And we're not just talking about finances.Manning was in the same system with the Colts since he arrived as the No. 1 overall pick in 1998. Part of what made him so good was his encyclopedic knowledge of the offense.RELATED: Jerry Rice says the 49ers should pursue Manning
He'll be going to a different team, leaving the team for which he had been a de facto offensive coordinator as well as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL for so long.So how much of the Colts' offense will his new team allow Manning to bring with him? Probably as much as Manning wishes to bring with him.
Manning will turn 36 later this month, and it only seems wise that his new team will have to make a major adjustment. Any team that signs Manning must let him be who he has always been. The rest of the team and the coaching staff would have to learn from him.Manning did not play in 2011 because of multiple neck procedures, including spinal fusion in September. If he is (and remains) healthy enough to play again, he'll be with a different team -- a team that will be putting its season in Manning's hands.REWIND: 49ers feel good about their three QBs
Would Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman dramatically rework their playbook to accommodate one player?The 49ers and Alex Smith remain in contract talks toward a multi-year extension. You can still assume that a new deal will be reached before or shortly after the opening of free agency on March 13.Harbaugh said -- and continues to repeat -- he is committed to Alex Smith. And Smith, theoretically, still has his best football years ahead of him. He turns 28 in May. Manning had his three best seasons when he was 28, 29 and 30.This offseason should also provide Smith and the others with a full offseason to learn the intricacies of the offense. Roman said late in the season that Smith will not have to spend as many late nights at the 49ers facility during the 2012 season because he'll have a better grasp of the offense.
The team that signs Manning might do it the other way. Manning would be teaching the coaching staff.That's why around these parts it was difficult to get too carried away with the thought that the 49ers ever would consider making such a dramatic commitment.

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.