Bill Polian seems to think so. Mitchell makes a surprise appearance in his "group A" players available in free agency. ESPN insider article so I'll just post a little bit, first of all his criteria:
"Who are the best-available unrestricted free agents in this year's class? We graded every player this offseason and have compiled below our list of guys who earned grades of A, A-minus and B-plus -- 14 in total. The grading scale translates as follows:
A: $6-plus million AAV (annual average value), three-plus years in term and/or guaranteed money
B: $2 million to $6 million AAV, two years or fewer in term and/or guaranteed money
C: $2 million or less AAV, two years or fewer in term and/or guaranteed money
D: Minimum salary, one-year contract"
The evaluation of Mitchell:
"Mitchell has become a real inside force and one of the most productive penetrators in the NFL at generating consistent inside pressure. He is a much better athlete than most guys who play his position, and his effort is outstanding. He is a one-gap penetrator with good quickness and really works to finish the play. He is young and will only get better."
Article link: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story...le-free-agents
I love Earl Mitchell but I had no idea he was that highly thought of outside the organization. Between him potentially looking at a big pay day and his questionable fit in the new defense it doesn't look like we will hold on to him.