The Miami Dolphins had a need for a defensive tackle after losing Paul Soliai to the Falcons and I was actually intrigued to see Earl Mitchell sign with a 4-3 team going into the off-season. He was a 3rd round pick in 2010, but the 6-2 292 pounder was miscast as a 3-4 nose tackle in Houston over the last 3 seasons. Even still, he wasn’t terrible, so there’s a chance he can become a solid starter in a 4-3.
I never really thought he’d get this kind of money though so I can’t call it a great move. He could become a solid starter or at least rotational player with Jared Odrick and Randy Starks in Miami, but 16 million over 4 years, including 9 million of that guaranteed seems like a big bet to place that he’ll become that kind of player. I don’t really know who else would have given up this kind of money for him and even if someone would have, the Dolphins probably should have just let them have him.