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Earl Mitchell | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 310
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (81) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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49ers signed DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract.
He'll get $5.5 million in year one. Mitchell drew a surprising amount of interest for a nearing-30 defensive tackle who hasn't recorded a sack in two years, and hasn't earned a positive run-defense grade from Pro Football Focus in a half decade. A 6-foot-2, 296-pound undersized nose tackle, Mitchell's on-field play has been nondescript at best. He has also missed 11 games the past two seasons due to injury. The 49ers need to keep searching for good football players. They have very few of them right now. Fri, Feb 24, 2017 07:52:00 PM

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Free agent DT Earl Mitchell completed his Broncos visit on Thursday.

He'll visit the Falcons next. The ex-Dolphin has also drawn interest from the Seahawks and 49ers.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 01:55:00 PM

Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.

Mitchell's schedule is jam-packed. After Seattle, he'll visit the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Broncos on Thursday. Mitchell will meet with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. It would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 12:22:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports free agent DT Earl Mitchell is scheduled to visit the Seahawks, 49ers, Falcons, and Broncos.

He will begin his rounds next week. Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami last season, so they might be the early favorites. Mitchell will be a quality low-cost signing if he can stay healthy.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 11:01:00 AM

NBC Denver expects the Broncos to express interest in free agent DT Earl Mitchell.

Reporter Mike Klis appears to just be connecting the dots, as Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami. Slowed by injuries with the Dolphins, Mitchell was limited to 306 snaps in 2016. He turns 30 in September.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 07:42:00 PM

Dolphins released DT Earl Mitchell.

The move saves $4 million against the cap. Mitchell should have been a good fit opposite Ndamukong Suh, but injuries derailed his time in Miami. He will likely have to settle for prove-it deals on the open market.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Dolphins activated DT Earl Mitchell (calf) from injured reserve.

Mitchell is expected to play Sunday against San Diego but won't start. He's missed the last seven games with a calf injury. The Dolphins have allowed the third-most rushing yards per game this season and Mitchell should help them improve in that area.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 02:19:00 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell (I.R., calf) returned to practice Monday.

Mitchell is the Dolphins' designated-for-return player but isn't eligible to play in a game until Week 10. The coaching staff had called out DT Jordan Phillips in recent weeks. They need Mitchell back in the lineup to stop the run.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 09:44:00 AM

The Dolphins expect DT Earl Mitchell (calf, injured reserve) back in two weeks.

It would mean Mitchell missed the minimum amount of time on injured reserve. Coach Adam Gase expects Mitchell to help all along the defensive line. After bottoming out in Weeks 4 and 5, the Dolphins are getting healthier and better.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Dolphins placed DT Earl Mitchell on injured reserve with a calf injury.

Mitchell has to miss at least eight games, but NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports he's a candidate for return. Mitchell was slowed by his calf for much of August, but it's still a surprise after coach Adam Gase labeled Mitchell "week to week" on Monday. Jordan Phillips will now be relied on for a much bigger role.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell (calf) is week to week.

Mitchell seems likely to miss Week 2. Jordan Phillips will see the biggest increase in snaps in his absence.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell left Week 1 against Seattle with a calf injury.

It's a concern after he missed most of the preseason with a calf issue. Mitchell's return is listed as questionable. Jordan Phillips replaced him on the interior.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell has been running ahead of Jordan Phillips in camp.

A 2015 second-rounder, Phillips is undoubtedly the Dolphins' preferred choice for the job, but he simply hasn't been good enough. It's still possible Mitchell and Phillips eventually settle into a rotation opposite Ndamukong Suh.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Dolphins DTs Earl Mitchell and Jordan Phillips are competing for a starting job.

Neither is a particularly appealing option. Mitchell spent much of 2015 sidelined by back and calf injuries, while Phillips struggled mightily as a rookie. Phillips has the higher ceiling but Mitchell has more experience and will probably enter camp as the favorite to start alongside Ndamukong Suh.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 10:59:00 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker reports DT Earl Mitchell could be a cap cut.

Signed to a four-year, $16 million contract prior to the 2014 season, Mitchell has recorded two sacks and 55 tackles in 28 games with the Dolphins. He battled back and calf injuries last season and never settled in next to Ndamukong Suh. Miami can save $2.5 million against the cap by releasing Mitchell.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 01:05:00 PM

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5Jullian Taylor
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3K'Waun Williams
4Jimmie Ward
5Tarvarius Moore
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3Marcell Harris
P1Bradley Pinion
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