Miami Dolphins sign DT Earl Mitchell

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.

Grade: B-




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