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Top Earl Mitchell News

  • Earl Mitchell: Returns to retirement

    Mitchell announced his decision to retire from the NFL after San Francisco's loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Mitchell previously retired in November of 2019, but he returned to the field to contribute during the 49ers' postseason run. The 10-year veteran notched one assisted tackle and a half-sack during the team's Super Bowl loss, and he's now content to hang up the cleats for a final time. "I'm done. I'm grateful that I got that opportunity to come back," Mitchell said, "but I think that was a good way to finish my career.

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  • 49ers' Earl Mitchell: Comes out of retirement

    Mitchell will sign with San Francisco, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

    Mitchell spent the last two years with the 49ers before signing with the Seahawks in the offseason. The 32-year-old never ended up playing a game for Seattle and instead chose to retire in November. He will rejoin his previous team for the playoffs in order to bolster their interior defensive line.

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  • Earl Mitchell: Hangs up cleats

    Mitchell announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Mitchell has decided to call it a career despite drawing interest from multiple teams this season. The 32-year-old played for the Texans, Dolphins and 49ers during his 10-year NFL tenure, totaling 268 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine deflected passes.

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  • Seahawks' Earl Mitchell: Joining Seahawks

    The Seahawks signed Mitchell to a contract Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Mitchell notched 17 tackles across 14 games with the 49ers last season. The run-stuffing nose tackle could see a notable early-season role in Seattle, with Jarran Reed facing a six-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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  • 49ers' Earl Mitchell: Team officially declines option

    The 49ers didn't exercise their team option on Mitchell, making him a free agent, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Reports first leaked shortly after the season indicating the 49ers didn't plan to pick up Mitchell's option, but the transaction didn't become official until the start of the new league year. The 31-year-old nose tackle is free to sign with any team after posting 17 tackles and no sacks across 14 games last season.

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  • 49ers' Earl Mitchell: Won't get contract option

    The 49ers will decline Mitchell's team option for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, allowing him to become a free agent in March, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    A run-stuffing tackle with just 6.5 sacks in 130 career games, Mitchell garnered 12 starts in his 14 appearances in 2018. The 31-year-old should draw some interest as an unrestricted free agent, though he'll likely have to settle for a reduction in both salary and role.

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  • 49ers' Earl Mitchell: Given day off from practice

    Mitchell (rest) did not practice Saturday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 49ers held Mitchell out of Saturday's organized activities to provide the veteran with added rest. There doesn't appear to be anything serious here, just a strategic rest day. Mitchell should be ready to go for the start of next week's team drills.

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  • 49ers' Earl Mitchell: Logs career-high 625 defensive snaps

    Mitchell recorded 33 tackles (19 solo) to go along with a sack in 16 games in 2017.

    Fresh off inking a four-year contract last offseason, the veteran defensive tackle surpassed his previous career high in snaps that he set with Miami back in 2014. Primarily a run-stuffer, Mitchell didn't post totals that would appeal to IDP owners. His heavy usage indicates that the 49ers will likely feel comfortable deploying the 30-year-old in a similar early-down role next season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 310 lbs
Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA
Age: 36
School: Arizona
Experience: 10