Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer
The 49ers officially announced the four-year deal for DT Earl Mitchell on Saturday morning. Mitchell agreed to terms on the contract, which is worth $16 million total on Friday afternoon. "As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. "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."