MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year contract, the team announced today.
“I would like to welcome defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “Earl’s production at the defensive tackle position speaks for itself. He is a productive and talented player who has a great passion for the game. The addition of a veteran like Earl will help bolster our defensive unit as a whole as well as adding another piece to the defensive front.”
The 6-3, 300-pound Mitchell joins Miami after spending the past four seasons with the Houston Texans (2010-13).
During the 2013 season, Mitchell became a regular starter along the Texans defensive line as he opened 14 games at defensive tackle and registered career highs of 87 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He posted a career high 11 tackles and one sack vs. Kansas City on October 20, 2013. Mitchell has played in 63 regular season games with 17 starts, he also appeared in four postseason games for the Texans. Over the course of his career, he has recorded 191 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Mitchell was selected by Houston in the third round (81st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mitchell played in 49 games with 37 starts for the Arizona Wildcats during his collegiate career. The final 25 of his 37 starts came at defensive tackle while 12 came at the tight end position prior to shifting to the defensive side of the ball for his junior season in 2008. A second team All-Pac 10 Conference selection by the coaches, he was the Wildcats’ defensive team captain as he started 12 games and led the defensive line with 48 tackles in 2009. Born September 25, 1987 in Houston, Texas, Mitchell attended North Shore (Galena Park, Texas) High School.