The NFL offseason is in full swing. Released players and free agents are starting to meet with other teams, looking for their next home.
That also goes for former Arizona Wildcat and, more recently, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.
On February 16th, the Dolphins released Mitchell, clearing $4m in cap space.
One more Dolphins release: DT Earl Mitchell, who was due $4m this upcoming season. He'll be released today, source says.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 16, 2017
It didn’t take Mitchell long to start looking around after his release. He visited the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and the Atlanta Falcons.
Earl Mitchell has visited Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. In Atlanta yesterday and will decide shortly.— WildcatAuthority.com (@AZAuthority) February 24, 2017
On Friday, league sources reported that Mitchell decided where his next home will be. He signed with San Francisco on a four-year deal worth $16m with $5.5m in the first year.
DT Earl Mitchell to the Niners on a four-year deal worth $16m with $5.5m in year one, source says.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 25, 2017
Mitchell injured his calf after the first regular season game last year, placing him on Injured Reserve. When he came back, he was a force for the Dolphins in the defensive front.
This is a nice pickup for the Niners. He is an active lineman that has a nasty streak to him. He is a block-eater and uses his hands well. He finished the 2016 season with 17 tackles and 4.0 TFL in nine games.