Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is scheduled to travel to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and spend most of Wednesday with 49ers officials and coaches.
The 49ers will be Mitchell’s second visit on a four-city free-agent tour, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area. After meeting with the 49ers, Mitchell is set to fly to Denver, where he will meet with the Broncos on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Then, he will travel to Atlanta to visit with Falcons officials and coaches Thursday evening and Friday.
Mitchell became a free agent last week when the Miami Dolphins cut him to avoid paying his scheduled $4.5 million salary for the 2017 season. The move saved Miami $4 million in cap space.
Mitchell (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who could fit into the 49ers’ new 4-3 defense under new coordinator Robert Saleh. Mitchell played the first four seasons of his NFL career in Houston, where Saleh was a defensive quality control coach during Mitchell’s rookie season.
Mitchell appeared in just nine games last season for the Dolphins after serving a stint on injured reserve early in the season with a calf injury. He has appeared in 100 games in his career with 38 starts.