Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) and nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) celebrate after Mitchell makes a sack during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Texans DT Earl Mitchell signs $16M deal with Dolphins

I don’t know if the Miami Dolphins overpaid or not, but it must have been too much for the blood of the Houston Texans, as defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is reported to have finalized a deal with the Miami Dolphins.

Mitchell, according to a tweet by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com Mitchell signed a four-year deal for $16 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

I don’t blame the Texans for passing on that high of a contract for Mitchell.

Mitchell finished with 48 combined tackles last season and 1.5 sacks. In his time with the Texans (2010-2013) he finished with 134 tackles (combined) and 3.5 sacks.

His best game last season came against the Kansas City Chiefs where he had five combined tackles and one sack. He had six games of four or more tackles.

Nothing against Mitchell, but it was best for the Texans and him to part ways and for the Texans to begin to look elsewhere for a defensive tackle. My guess they will fill this area of need in the draft this May.

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