Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports


Earl Mitchell says ‘first-class’ 49ers impressed him during visit

Feb 25, 2017 at 4:45 PM--


Over the past few years, the San Francisco 49ers have had a difficult time attracting free agents. If an available player had other options, he was unlikely to choose the 49ers. For years, the organization's instability has deterred players from taking a risk with the 49ers. With the hiring of head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, the 49ers hope to change the culture of the franchise and, for the first time in years, free agents appear to be noticing.

The 49ers have already signed two free agents and the official free agency period hasn't even started yet. CB K'Waun Williams did not play in 2016 and the team's newest addition, DT Earl Mitchell, was released by the Miami Dolphins as a cap casualty. Because neither was on an NFL roster, they were free to immediately sign with any team despite the official start of free agency not occurring until March 9.

The interesting aspect of the two signings is that each had interest and offers from other teams and they still chose to sign with the 49ers. It is enough to make fans hopeful that the 49ers will once again be attractive enough of a destination to entice even more talent to join.

RELATED DT Earl Mitchell will sign 4-yr deal with 49ers

On Saturday, Mitchell joined a conference call with Bay Area media. Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat was good enough to provide a transcript of the conversation. You can also listen to the audio below.



"Right off the bat I could tell it was a first-class organization," Mitchell said. "They treated me with a lot of respect. I was happy to be here because there are a lot of familiar faces that have helped me with my career. So I was really excited to be there, and I had a great time when I was there."

One of the familiar faces who he mentioned was 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina, who was an assistant defensive line coach in Houston during Mitchell's final season with the Texans (2013). Another was defensive quality control coach DeMeco Ryans, a former NFL linebacker, who played with Mitchell for two seasons (2010-2011) with the Texans.

RELATED 49ers signing CB K'Waun Williams to a one-year deal

"They have DeMeco Ryans on the staff, which was big for me also because I know the type of player he is, I know how smart of a person he is," Mitchell said. "And just the fact that we played together. I can tell they're building a family-type environment there. That's something I wanted to be a part of with Coach Shanahan and everyone else that's part of their staff."

"A man of high character, [Mitchell] represents everything we want to be as a football team," Lynch said via a statement issued by the 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."

It would appear that things are headed in the right direction for the 49ers. The official start to free agency and the draft still lies ahead, but the new regime appears to already be chipping away at the rebuild of the roster.





More San Francisco 49ers News



John Lynch among 15 modern-era finalists for Hall of Fame Class of 2021

By David Bonilla
Jan 5, 2021

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of 15 modern-era finalists, narrowed down from the 25 semifinalists announced in November, for the Class of 2021. There is one name on the list with ties to the San Francisco 49ers — current Niners general manager and former hard-hitting safety, John Lynch. This is Lynch's eighth consecutive year as a finalist. The former safety was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection throughout his 15-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. During that time, he registered 1,051 combined tackles, 26 interceptions, 13 sacks, and 16 forced fumbles, according to ESPN. The 49ers named Lynch as their general manager in

Read the Full Article


'We wish him all the best': 49ers' John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan bid farewell to Robert Saleh

By David Bonilla
Jan 16, 2021

Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was hired by the New York Jets on Thursday to be the team's new head coach. General manager John Lynch immediately texted Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. "Robert's earned this opportunity," Lynch told Breer. "He's smart, a tremendously gifted leader, and ready for this challenge. We'll miss him dearly, but he's left us better, and we'll be proud of all that he'll accomplish. The Jets are very fortunate." On Saturday morning, the 49ers released official statements from Shanahan and Lynch. "There is not much I haven't already said about Robert's abilities as a coach and as a leader," said Shanahan via

Read the Full Article


Officially 'All-Pro Fred': 49ers LB Fred Warner named a first-team All-Pro

By David Bonilla
Jan 8, 2021

San Francisco 49ers teammates have been calling the young star linebacker "All-Pro Fred" for some time. Now, it is official. Fred Warner has finally been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Warner, 24, also earned his first Pro Bowl selection this past season. Additionally, he earned the 49ers' top team-issued awards for his contributions this past season — the Len Eshmont Award and the Bill Walsh Award. "It's a huge honor," Warner said last month of his Pro Bowl selection. "That's one of those

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone