The Dolphins continued to fill holes by adding Defensive Tackle Earl Mitchell to a 4 year $16 million deal ($9 million guaranteed). With Soliai and Starks moving on from the Dolphins, the signing of Mitchell makes sense.
He finished with a 1.6 PFF grade against the Pass, but a -4.6 grade against the run. Mitchell played the nose position in Texas, but is expected to play next to Jared Odrick in the upcoming season. Texans were more than 1 ypc better with him on the field against the run.
Mitchell played the nose in Houston. Probably out of position. Dolphins see him as far more dangerous at the 1 and 3. Perhaps 8+ sacks.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) March 11, 2014
I don't know if people remember Earl Mitchell coming out of Arizona. He had one of the best Combines I've ever seen a DT have.
— Chris Kouffman (@ckparrot) March 12, 2014
The idea is that he was in the wrong scheme with Houston last year. The Dolphins will need to add another defensive tackle in either the draft or free agency, preferably one who can stop the run. Mitchell was a hot commodity this off-season and was said to be on a few different teams lists. In sad news Paul Soliai has officially moved on
— David Canter (@davidcanter) March 11, 2014