• Akash Anavarathan

Analyzing 49ers' signing of DT Earl Mitchell

John Lynch continues to sign new players before Free Agency even begins! He signed DB K'Waun Williams earlier this week, and earlier today he added WR DeAndre Carter.

Now, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that DT Earl Mitchell is signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He will reportedly sign a 4-year/$16 million deal, with $5.5 million in the first year.

It seems to be a really team friendly deal, as the 49ers will only pay Mitchell $4 million on average, and the first year's $5.5 million probably isn't the cap number. Jay Hurley, who does some salary cap work, tweeted this out:

Earl Mitchell just got cut this past week by the Miami Dolphins after having an injury plagued season, in which he only started in five games and played in nine.

Below is Mitchell's career stats:

Although he only has 5.5 career sacks, he does have 128 tackles and has been a consistently good defender. In the 4-3 defense that the 49ers are expected to run under Robert Saleh, Mitchell will probably end up being the equivalent of a nose tackle.

He's a 1-tech, and for a reminder, here's a tweet that shows where different types of defensive lineman line up along the line of scrimmage.

Typically, Mitchell is either a 1-tech or a 3-tech, so he'll line up right across the guards most likely. Overall, the price that Mitchell has been signed for, he'll be additional depth that's much needed. If he can stay healthy throughout the season, he can definitely contribute to a porous 49ers' run defense.

John Lynch seems to be doing a better job in Free Agency than Trent Baalke did throughout his time here. We'll continue to track the signings as we go!

Let us know what you think of this signing!