Caplan mentions that could be this year’s version of Ricky Jean-Francois who secured a four-year, $22 million contract that included $5.5 million guaranteed from the Colts last year. Jean-Francois wound up having a better market than even some optimists anticipated.
Caplan does wonder if Mitchell would be a better fit in a 4-3 base defense as opposed to the 3-4 he’s played in while in Houston.
Mitchell, 26, has only missed one game in his NFL career and totaled 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Texans in 2013. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 51 defensive tackle in the league out of 69 qualifying players. It’s worth noting that Mitchell is a capable interior pass-rusher, which is actually hard to find on the open market.