York: GM search lasts until 'right person' found

York: GM search lasts until 'right person' found

Dec. 29, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- Team president Jed York said he plans to conduct a formal interview with Trent Baalke on Saturday for the 49ers' general-manager position.York told Comcast SportsNet the GM search will continue until he finds the "right person" for the job. York also addresses the perception that Baalke, the 49ers' vice president of player personnel, is the front-runner for the GM job.Here is a transcript of my brief interview with York on Wednesday:Q: Do you plan to speak to Bill Parcells to help you in the process of finding general manager candidates?
York: "I'm going to reach out to a lot of different people and do my homework and make sure we get the right candidate here. And Bill (Parcells) is on the list, and I'll definitely reach out to him."WATCH: Exclusive -- 1 on 1 with Jed York
Q: Any 49ers people like John McVay from whom you'll seek advice?
York: "There are a lot of people that I have respect for who have been here and done that in the past. I'm not going to get into any of the names of folks I'm going to talk to."
Q: Is Baalke in Florida to meet with Parcells, too?
York: "I don't know who Trent is talking to to get prepared for his interview. I think he's at one of the games, scouting bowl games."Q: Will you interview Baalke?
York: "Yes."Q: When?
York: "I think he gets back Friday or Saturday, so we'll probably do it Saturday."Q: So you don't have enough information on Baalke based on his nine months on the job?
York: "I still want to sit down with him and do a formal interview with him."Q: There is a lot of speculation, from myself included, that Trent is the leader in the clubhouse? Is that accurate?
York: "I don't know that there is a front-runner. He has done a great job, and he'll be evaluated like everybody else."MAIOCCO: Is Trent Baalke the leading GM candidate?
Q: There is also a lot of speculation that Trent and Jim Harbaugh are connected?
York: "There is going to be a lot of speculation about a lot of different things in the next week or two."Q: Do you plan to have the GM search go past Sunday?
York: "It's going to go on until we find the right person."Q: Do you have any interviews today?
York: "I have some things coming up by phone later today."Q: Whom else do you plan to interview?
York: "You've hit on most of the names. I want to be respectful to folks who do or do not want to get their names out there who are interviewing. I'm sure if the folks want to be identified, they'll find a way to reach out."Q: Is everything going the way you envisioned?
York: "Yes. It's been a very good process and it's been good to talk to people and hear some of their thoughts and ideas about how to get the 49ers right."

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.