clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Dontari Poe, Brandon Williams not expected to receive franchise tag

The 49ers signed Earl Mitchell last week. Does it preclude big money addition?

The deadline is approaching for teams to place the franchise tag on players, and two notable free agents are not expected to get the designation. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe and Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams are not expected to be tagged.

The 49ers signed defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million deal this past weekend, but that does not preclude another signing. Mitchell is expected to get $5.5 million in his first year, likely covering signing bonus and base salary. The 49ers line currently includes Mitchell, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Mike Purcell, and question marks.

Buckner and Armstead would be starters, while Mitchell could very well end up in a rotation. It seems unlikely Mitchell would play much in the team’s nickel (barring injuries), but the 49ers might look to add another option to boost depth.

I personally don’t see them making such an addition through free agency. I think a younger defensive tackle in the draft makes more sense as part of a bigger rebuilding process. I would be surprised if they took Jonathan Allen at No. 2, but I don’t think it would be a bad pick by any means. Mitchell strikes me as a solid veteran presence, but he turns 30 early this coming season. It does not mean he’ll simply fall apart and that’ll be that, but the 49ers did not exactly add a spring chicken with this move (writes the 37-year old!).