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Earl Mitchell contract details suggest base role

The 49ers defensive tackle has a deal that suggests a rotational role, primarily in the base defense.

The San Francisco 49ers were plenty active over the past week signing 11 free agents to contracts, but we can’t forget that they signed three free agents prior to the start of the signing period. The most notable was defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, cut by the Miami Dolphins a couple weeks ago.

It took some time, but we got details about Mitchell’s contract beyond just the base salaries. He received a $3 million signing bonus, yearly $750,000 per game roster bonuses, and yearly $100,000 workout bonuses. His 2017 base salary was guaranteed upon signing, and his 2018 base salary has an injury guarantee of $1.85 million. It becomes fully guaranteed for that amount on April, 1, 2018.

Mitchell is a guy who can plug in at the defensive tackle role in between DeForest Buckner and the Leo. I doubt we see much of Mitchell when the team goes into their various sub-packages. He’ll likely get some work there, but for the most part, he seems like a base defense option. The price tag isn’t too bad, particularly given the increasing cap, but I would be surprised if he plays the length of the deal.

Below is a breakdown by years of Mitchell’s cap numbers.

2017 Salary Cap Number: $2,921,875

Base Salary: $1,650,000
Pro-rated SB: $750,000
Per Game Roster Bonus: $750,000(Only 9 games count, so $421,875 count against the cap for now, but the 49ers will have to pay him if he plays more than 9 games, lets hope he plays all 16)
Workout Bonus: $100,000

2018 Salary Cap Number: $3,850,000

Base Salary: $2,250,000 ($1.85 million becomes guaranteed on April, 1, 2018)
Pro-rated SB: $750,000
Per Game Roster Bonus: $750,000
Workout Bonus: $100,000

2019, 2020 Salary Cap Numbers: $4,450,000

Base Salary: $2,850,000 (Each year)
Pro-rated SB: $750,000
Per Game Roster Bonus: $750,000
Workout Bonus: $100,000

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