Report: Falcons to meet with Earl Mitchell

Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers is sacked by defensive tackle Earl Mitchell #90 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter during a game at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers is sacked by defensive tackle Earl Mitchell #90 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter during a game at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Credit: Mike Ehrmann

Credit: Mike Ehrmann

Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who was recently cut by the Miami Dolphins, is set to visit the Falcons, according to report by NFL Network.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is pleased with the roster, but this signals that the team is trying to strengthen the defensive front before the combine starts later this month.

“I really believe that we don’t have any major holes in this roster,” Dimitroff said recently. “I think we are continuing to build the depth of this roster. We are continuing to get better and better along those lines.”

Mitchell, 29, who’s 6-foot-1 and 289 pounds, in run-stuffing tackle. He’s played 100 games in the NFL with 38 starts and just 5.5 sacks. He’s made 206 tackles and 19 tackles for a loss.

“I think we need to continue to get up an affect the passer whether if that’s with the young guys who’ll continue to get better and better,” Dimitroff said. “I was really encourage with how Ra’Shede Hageman came along on in the middle of the season.”

Mitchell could be a replacement for veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, a 12-year veteran, who set to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Falcons signed former Dolphin defensive end/tackle Derrick Shelby in free agency last season.

Mitchell was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the third-round of the 2010 draft out of Arizona.

He started five games last season for the Dolphins was set to make $4 million in 2017. He suffered a leg injury in the opener against Seattle and was placed on injured reserve until November by the Dolphins last season.

Mitchell is also reportedly set to visit the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks.

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