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Mike Mitchell | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Ohio
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Steelers FS Mike Mitchell agreed to a restructured contract, clearing $2.5 million in salary-cap space.
Mitchell is converting a $2 million roster bonus and $1 million of his salary into a signing bonus. He won't lose any money, but it helps improve Pittsburgh's cap situation. Mitchell is entering the second season of a five-year, $25 million deal. Feb 25 - 4:23 PM

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Steelers FS Mike Mitchell will undergo groin surgery later this week.

Looking for a talent and youth infusion in their secondary, the Steelers signed Mitchell to a five-year, $25 million contract in free agency last year. He started every game and played just about every snap, but struggled badly in coverage as part of Pittsburgh's No. 27 pass defense. Mitchell says the groin -- which he originally injured before the start of training camp -- was a big reason for his woes.
Jan 6 - 8:58 AM

Steelers agreed to terms with FS Mike Mitchell, formerly of the Panthers, on a five-year, $25 million contract.

Mitchell, 27 in June, had a number of teams hot on his trail. The Steelers are replacing an aging Ryan Clark with a young, hard hitter in Mitchell at free safety next to Troy Polamalu. Mitchell is coming off a career-year, and it'll be interesting to see if he was a product of the Panthers' stout front seven. The talent on the defensive line in Pittsburgh isn't comparable. Mitchell can cover and play the run.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 06:27:00 PM

The Eagles have "reached out" to free agent SS Mike Mitchell.

The Charlotte Observer reported over the weekend that the Redskins and Eagles were the teams showing the "most interest" in Mitchell, a 26-year-old in-the-box safety coming off a career year. Both Washington and Philly need safety help.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 08:41:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Redskins and Eagles are showing the "most interest" in free agent FS Mike Mitchell.

The Bears, Broncos, and Falcons are a notch below the two NFC East clubs. With Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward expected to land lucrative deals as the top two free agent safeties, Mitchell might be viewed as more of a bargain. He should have no trouble landing a multi-year deal at $4-5 million annually.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 11:08:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent FS Mike Mitchell is drawing interest from the Bears, Eagles, Broncos and Falcons.

Mitchell had a breakout 2013 playing for the Panthers on a one-year deal, but is unlikely to be brought back due to salary cap constraints. He appeared in 15 games last season, finishing with 66 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Mitchell can play both safety positions and shouldn't have any trouble landing a multi-year deal.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 04:56:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects free agents FS Mike Mitchell and WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr. to hit the open market.

Both are priorities for Carolina, but the Panthers' salary cap concerns have made re-signing both difficult. Mitchell flourished as a starter in 2013, recording 66 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Ginn posted a 36-556-5 line in a breakout 2013 campaign.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 12:13:00 PM

The Panthers will reportedly "look to lock up" free agent FS Mike Mitchell.

Playing on a one-year deal last season, Mitchell racked up 66 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a play-maker for a secondary that doesn't have many of them. Mitchell is still only 27. He'd have a nice little market if he reached free agency.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 07:05:00 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim hears the team likes free agent FS Mike Mitchell.

The Redskins have holes at both safety spots. Mitchell can play either one. He's coming off a career-year and will look to cash in after playing on a one-year, $1 million deal in Carolina. It's also quite possible he was a product of the Panthers' fearsome front seven. Mitchell is a big-time hitter on the back end and does his best work as a blitzer and in coverage.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 04:34:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to make re-signing FS Mike Mitchell a priority.

Mitchell greatly outperformed his one-year, $1 million deal in 2013. He made 15 starts, making 67 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and four interceptions. Mitchell is also known as a big hitter who racks up the occasional personal foul penalty. He'll turn 27 in June and is our No. 10 free agent safety. The former second-round pick should be able to land a multi-year deal.
Sun, Feb 9, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers will use a strong safety rotation with Mike Mitchell returning from his calf injury.

Mitchell and Quintin Mikell are going to share snaps, creating a headache IDP situation. "They're both going to play,'' Rivera said on Friday. "We've got to continue to evaluate it. Come Sunday we'll have a feeling for what direction we'll head and how we'll rotate those guys."
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Panthers SS Mike Mitchell (calf) returned to practice Wednesday.

Mitchell missed Week 1 with a calf injury. He'll regain his starting job at strong safety, with Quintin Mikell moving into a situational role.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Mike Mitchell has won the Panthers' starting strong safety job.

Mitchell didn't have much competition for the spot. He had been running ahead of D.J. Campbell, Haruki Nakamura, and UDFA Robert Lester for much of the summer. Campbell and Lester were part of the Panthers' final cuts, while Nakamura will back up both Mitchell and FS Charles Godfrey. Mitchell is fearless and plays with reckless abandon. He'll likely rack up plenty of 15-yard penalties.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Mike Mitchell has gotten the majority of first-team strong safety reps at Panthers camp.

Mitchell is running ahead of Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell, as expected. The battle at cornerback is taking shape as well, with Drayton Florence and Captain Munnerlyn settling in with the 1s. These competitions are far from over, but the Panthers are trying to plug gaping holes with small fingers. Their secondary will be one to attack from a fantasy perspective.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Mike Mitchell and D.J. Campbell to compete at strong safety.

Haruki Nakamura isn't in the mix after his disastrous 2012. Charles Godfrey will start at free safety. Mitchell is a run-stopping specialist. He started just eight games in four years with the Raiders. A 2012 seventh-rounder, Campbell played 252 snaps on defense as a rookie. On paper — and likely in practice — the Panthers have one of the league's worst secondaries.
Wed, May 1, 2013 07:09:00 PM

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