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March 11, 2014

Safety Mike Mitchell will sign with Steelers

As the NFL free agency carousel continues, more Panthers are hopping off.

Unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell tweeted Tuesday afternoon he will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to ESPN, the deal is for five years and $25 million. 

Mitchell, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Carolina last offseason, played free safety for the Panthers after starter Charles Godfrey went down for the season with an Achilles injury. He started 13 games and had four interceptions and 10 passes defensed. He was considered a priority for the Panthers this offseason.

Mitchell, who played strong safety before flipping to free last year, had many suitors in free agency, and he had drawn interest from the likes of the Redskins and Eagles. But in Pittsburgh he joins strong safety Troy Polamualu, who at one time was considered one of the top-two safeties in the league.

Terms of Mitchell’s contract with Pittsburgh were not immediate available.

Mitchell played the Panthers with Oakland in 2012 before signing with Carolina in 2013. He will again face the Panthers in 2014 with the Steelers slated to travel to Charlotte this season.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2014 at 06:30 PM | Permalink


Disappointing news...

Posted by: emlit | Mar 11, 2014 6:45:04 PM

Mitchell might be gone, but Steelers Ryan Clark is there and Antonio Cromartie is still walking. Give them a home!

Posted by: Big Rob | Mar 11, 2014 7:02:42 PM

After Hardy he was a must to resign. Godfrey is coming off a major injury and there is no other safety capable of starting on the roster. Add in the total mishandling of the Smith situation and failure to reach a long term deal with Hardy before free agency and this has the beginnings of one of the worst offseasons in team history.

Posted by: PantherJohn | Mar 11, 2014 7:17:11 PM

Not a problem as long as Godfrey stays healthy. Looks like Gettleman stole Mitchell at $1M last season considering his production and the way he bolstered our secondary so glad to see him get paid in Pitt

Posted by: HoggMolly | Mar 11, 2014 7:22:32 PM

$25 million for Mitchell? I'd have liked to see him back in a Panther uniform, but not at that price. The secondary overachieved last year... Mitchell should send everyone on the front-7 a fruit basket or something.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Mar 11, 2014 7:22:33 PM

Not worth $25 million, classic over paying in free agency

Posted by: Kent | Mar 11, 2014 7:37:17 PM

Congratulations to Mike. I wish him well in Pittsburgh. Thanks for a great 2013 season in Charlotte. Good Luck!!!

Posted by: Cyteria Knight | Mar 11, 2014 8:04:20 PM

"classic overpaying" ???? It's all about the guaranteed money the overall figure is meaningless. No one gets the full value of the contract.

Posted by: tecumseh | Mar 11, 2014 8:09:52 PM

When has the Steelers org ever been known to overpay their players? They draft well and when contract renewals come up for a lot of their top players, they let others pay the big FA contracts. Mitchell had a great year with the Panthers and the fact that it's Pitt who is offering $5M a year for 5 years confirms Gettleman stole Mitchell. Let's hope he can do it again.

Posted by: HoggMolly | Mar 11, 2014 8:23:15 PM

Mitchell was definitely a steal for Charlotte last season. I hope he is replaced by an quickly aggressive and skilled safety. Mitchell is worth what teams are willing to pay for his services. Congrats to him.

Posted by: Chuck | Mar 12, 2014 12:43:16 AM

No one learns from the lesson of the front 7. We can hav anyone back thier as long as we have a good front t. I remeber the complaints about drafting Luke, and about not signing a qulity,(read: Big Name), DB last off season, so you guys can stuff it. Yes he was a hard hitting saftey,a dn brought toughness to the D, but he is also not worth $25 million. At the end fo the day, we can grab another guy off the street for a $1 millon committment, and do just as well as we did last year. DOes this formula work, look as Seattle, and New England. They grab late round picks, and unknown free agents that fit thier system, and both are not afriad to let guys walk.

Posted by: CZ | Mar 12, 2014 6:22:11 AM

Chicago didnt re-sign Peppers.

Posted by: HoggMolly | Mar 12, 2014 8:14:42 AM

Today's NFL is a pass first league. Given the salary cap, and the talent of the Panther front 7, it makes more sense to pay pass rushers rather than pass defenders. Draft a safety, or sign a young one on the cheap. Teams that make big splashes in free Agency make no splashes come play-off time.

Posted by: mixmastermike | Mar 12, 2014 8:33:06 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 12, 2014 9:53:41 AM

Look at this safety DARWIN COOK bad ass! draft 2014. look nice for the PANTHERS. a back up.

Posted by: joe | Mar 29, 2014 2:33:12 AM

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