The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of cornerback K’waun Williams on Wednesday, and the transaction comes the same day they wrapped up another free agent visit. The team brought in recently released defensive tackle Earl Mitchell for a two-day visit, according to Matt Barrows. Mitchell’s first free agency visit was with the Seattle Seahawks, he will now head to Denver, and then will wrap things up in Atlanta.
Mitchell previously played for the Miami Dolphins, and was released to clear cap space. Mitchell stands 6’3 and weighs 310 pounds. Barrows pointed to him as a guy who could provide a, “big-bodied defensive tackle adept at stopping the run.” Glenn Dorsey is a free agent, and Ian Williams’ future is uncertain due to his ankle issues. That leaves Quinton Dial and Mike Purcell as the biggest options still available.
The 49ers are looking to build their defense into something along the lines of what the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons do. Given Mitchell’s visit to Seattle and upcoming visit to Atlanta, it will be interesting to see how regularly they are competing for some of the same types of defensive players.