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Seahawks set to meet with free agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell

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In my free agent report on the Miami Dolphins, I acknowledged defensive tackle Earl Mitchell as a potential cap casualty, and then a few days later he was released. I did, however, say that I didn’t think Mitchell was the answer to the Seattle Seahawks depth issues at defensive tackle ... but the Seahawks may not agree.

A report by Mike Garafolo on Saturday says that Mitchell will be meeting with Seattle next week.

Mitchell, a third round pick by the Houston Texans in 2010, has had an unremarkable career and turns 30 in September. After four seasons with the Texans, he signed with the Dolphins in 2014 and was fine in his first year, but has missed 11 games over the last two seasons. I would think the Seahawks only want to see if he’s healthy and willing to take a one-year deal for a reasonable vet — I don’t want to say “vet minimum” but something like that. It may not be enough though since he’s already drawn considerable interest around the league, apparently.

Seattle was first in yards per carry allowed last season but Tony McDaniel is a 32-year-old free agent and they have had a difficult time staying healthy at the position regardless.