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Old 03-06-2014   #96
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Default Re: 2014 NFL Free Agent Tracker

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Originally Posted by Jackie Chiles View Post
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.
That is just bat**** crazy to give him 6m+ APY. He was playing next to the best DE in the league and pretty good one in Antonio Smith, he's going to get some good pressure due to that alone. The fact that he was routinely getting taken out of his lane by centers and guards makes him a horrible 3-4 NT. Put him next to a bigass DT in a 4-3 and he might be good, but he's not a one-man wrecking crew.
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