Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

The 49ers are one of four teams to make a contract offer to free-agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

Williams, 25, had an effective first two seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back under position coach Jeff Hafley, who was one of two assistant coaches to be retained on Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Detroit, the New York Jets and Miami have also made contract offers, according to the source. Williams is scheduled to visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

Williams entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh. Williams (5 foot 9, 183 pounds) played in 26 games in his first two seasons with 10 starts.

He reportedly fell out of favor with the new coaching staff due to a dispute about an ankle injury and a dispute over his availability to practice. Williams was suspended for two weeks during training camp.

The Browns waived Williams on Aug. 29. The Chicago Bears claimed Williams off waivers but he failed a physical. Williams did not see action last season due to bone spurs in his ankle.

Lynch consults with Millen about where things went wrong in Detroit

Lynch consults with Millen about where things went wrong in Detroit

The critics of the 49ers’ decision to hire John Lynch as general manager point to one failed instance of a player-turned-broadcaster becoming the top personnel executive.

The Detroit Lions compiled a 31-81 record in Matt Millen’s seven seasons as general manager until he was fired after the 2007 season. The following season with a roster that was left in disarray from Millen’s time with the organization, the Lions went 0-16.

Appearing Tuesday morning on 95.7 The Game, Lynch said he recently spoke to Millen about his experience.

“Matt Millen and I had a great conversation the other day,” Lynch said. “I found it was very interesting to talk to him. He shared with me some of the things that he would’ve done differently. I think you can learn a little bit from everything and everyone, but ultimately you go to put your head down and go to work.

“We’ve put together a really, really quality team that I’m excited about. We’re in full stride and working every day to knock down things on our list. It’s a big list, and we’re ambitious on how aggressive we want to attack that. But it’s going very well.”

Lynch hired Martin Mayhew as a senior personnel executive to serve as one of his top lieutenants. Mayhew became Lions general manager after Millen was fired. In Mayhew’s eight seasons, Detroit posted a 47-81 record.

The 49ers were also able to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to take on the role as vice president of player personnel. Broncos general manager John Elway, another of Lynch’s invaluable resources, allowed Peters to get out of his contract to take on a larger role with the 49ers.

“John Elway was a guy I bounced things off,” Lynch said. “He’s been there. He’s a good friend. I watched him kind of go through this in his own way. He is someone I’ve consulted with. You learn at a certain point that stops, because all of a sudden we’re competing with each other.”

Lynch also mentioned Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy as a person with whom he has spoken during his transition from the broadcast booth, where he spent the previous eight years, to an NFL executive role.

Source: Free-agent Mitchell scheduled to meet with 49ers

Source: Free-agent Mitchell scheduled to meet with 49ers

Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is scheduled to travel to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and spend most of Wednesday with 49ers officials and coaches.

The 49ers will be Mitchell’s second visit on a four-city free-agent tour, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area. After meeting with the 49ers, Mitchell is set to fly to Denver, where he will meet with the Broncos on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Then, he will travel to Atlanta to visit with Falcons officials and coaches Thursday evening and Friday.

Mitchell became a free agent last week when the Miami Dolphins cut him to avoid paying his scheduled $4.5 million salary for the 2017 season. The move saved Miami $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who could fit into the 49ers’ new 4-3 defense under new coordinator Robert Saleh. Mitchell played the first four seasons of his NFL career in Houston, where Saleh was a defensive quality control coach during Mitchell’s rookie season.

Mitchell appeared in just nine games last season for the Dolphins after serving a stint on injured reserve early in the season with a calf injury. He has appeared in 100 games in his career with 38 starts.