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Earl Mitchell | Defensive Lineman

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 310
College: Arizona
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Dolphins signed DT Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract.
The deal includes $9 million guaranteed. Mitchell, 26, started 14 games last season, racking up 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As an ideal one-gap 4-3 player, he was widely considered one of the top "sleepers" in free agency. The Dolphins outbid the Chargers to land Mitchell. Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:28:00 PM

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The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the Chargers are "very much in the mix" for free agent DT Earl Mitchell, but that the Dolphins are his most-likely suitor.

Mitchell would be a much better fit for Miami's 4-3 than San Diego's 3-4, so if the Dolphins' offer is better by even a few dollars, it would be a no-brainer. Mitchell appears likely to come off the market before Tuesday is through.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 02:05:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are "definitely in the mix" for free agent DT Earl Mitchell.

The Fins are a better fit for Mitchell's skill set than the Chargers, who are also rumored to be in the bidding. San Diego runs a two-gap 3-4 defense. Mitchell is a one-gap player. He would play "three" or "one" technique tackle in Miami.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 09:26:00 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers are expected to express interest in free agent NT Earl Mitchell.

Mitchell has already been linked to several teams and is shaping up to be a hot commodity. The 26-year-old was a poor fit in Houston's 3-4. The Chargers also run a 3-4. Mitchell would be best served to play three-technique on his next club. San Diego is looking for its fourth starting nose tackle in four years.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 07:39:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are expected to let free agent DTs Paul Soliai and Randy Starks walk, and are interested in free agent Earl Mitchell as a potential replacement.

Mitchell has also been connected to the Bears. Appearing on ESPN last month, ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik labeled Mitchell one of the top sleepers of free agency. A fifth-year former third-round pick, Mitchell started 14 games last season, playing 553 snaps. Mitchell would do well to depart Houston's 3-4 scheme for a 4-3.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:48:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears could show interest in free agent NT Earl Mitchell.

Mitchell would be a strong fit for the Bears' 4-3 scheme if they fail to re-sign Henry Melton. The Texans have expressed interest in bringing Mitchell back, but he appears set to test the market. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik considers Mitchell one of the top sleepers of free agency.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 03:14:00 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli doesn't expect the team to re-sign free agent NT Earl Mitchell.

Mitchell is best suited for a 4-3 defense at 6-foot-3, 308. Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik, appearing on ESPN's NFL Insiders last week, pegged Mitchell as one of his top sleepers of free agency. The 26-year-old started 14 games last season, racking up 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Texans NT Earl Mitchell will get his first career start in place of Shaun Cody (ribs) against the Bears on Sunday night.

Cody suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in Week 9. Mitchell, a third-year player out of Arizona, bulked up from 287 pounds to 308 in the offseason. Rookie Jared Crick and newly signed Terrell McClain will rotate in behind Mitchell.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 01:43:00 PM

Texans NT Earl Mitchell has bulked up to 308 pounds after playing last season at 287.

Mitchell has been even bigger than this before, weighing in at 315 at the 2010 Combine. So it's not completely new. At 6-foot-2, 308, Mitchell at least looks more like an NFL nose tackle. He rotated with Shaun Cody last year, coming in off the bench, and figures to emerge as a starter in his third pro season.
Fri, May 11, 2012 01:20:00 PM

Texans coach Gary Kubiak indicated at the Combine that the team is satisfied with continuing to rotate Earl Mitchell and Shaun Cody at nose tackle.

They don't seem to view nose tackle as a need. "A lot of people think you need a big nose," Kubiak said. "Those two guys aren’t very big but they’re very active ... and we think the world of 'em." Cody started all 16 games in 2011, but split time with Mitchell right down the middle. Mitchell finished with 27 tackles and a sack, and had another sack in the playoffs.
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 07:21:00 PM

Texans DL coach Bill Kollar confirmed that Earl Mitchell will be an up-field, one-gap nose tackle in the team's new defense.

"When everybody talks about the big nose man and stuff, those are the teams that play two-gap where they play the nose man head-up on the center," explained Kollar of Mitchell, who's only 6'2/295. "... We don’t need a guy that’s 350 pounds and can’t move." Mitchell will share time with Shaun Cody, who was re-signed before the lockout. Cody is the bigger lineman of the two.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 03:12:00 PM

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips says he likes the idea of Earl Mitchell being the Texans' primary nose tackle.

Mitchell is 6'2/295, so he's really small for a traditional 3-4 nose tackle. We doubt that the 2010 third-round pick would hold up very long in that spot, meaning Shaun Cody will rotate in often.
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 09:38:00 AM

Texans GM Rick Smith expressed confidence at the Combine that Earl Mitchell can be a full-time 3-4 nose tackle.

At 6'2/295, he'd be the smallest 3-4 nose in the NFL. "I think Earl Mitchell’s a guy that can play the nose for us," said Smith, adding that he expects a "big jump" in the 2010 third-round pick's second season. If Mitchell wins the NT job, Houston will field a defense to target for running back fantasy matchups.
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 10:18:00 AM

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips believes Earl Mitchell and Shaun Cody can both play nose tackle in his version of the 3-4 scheme.

Mitchell, in particular, is undersized for an NFL nose, but he has a strong motor and off-the-snap burst. Those are qualities shared by Phillips' most recent undersized nose, Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff. The Texans will likely draft or sign a bigger nose tackle to go with Mitchell and Cody.
Fri, Jan 7, 2011 09:48:00 AM

Texans DT Earl Mitchell played 25 snaps in the team's season opener against the Colts.

Starter Amobi Okoye hurt his ankle in practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins, and Mitchell would see the bulk of the snaps at DT in Okoye's absence.
Sat, Sep 18, 2010 10:20:00 AM