Over the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Mitchell has been a constant in the secondary. He signed a 5-year, $25 million deal back in 2014 and had a solid stint in black and gold.
The move to release Mitchell was to create more financial flexibility for Pittsburgh. But he is entering his age 31 season. He only missed three games for the Steelers, but could slow down in the coming years.
Mitchell loves to hit. Most of his biggest plays with the Steelers were bone-crushing hits over the middle. Some of them costed him a good chunk of his paycheck.
He started in 13 games last season and had 53 tackles. Clearly, he can be a presence in the middle of a defense. It might make sense to take a chance on Mitchell with a one-year deal. Another veteran who knows his strengths and can fit into defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s scheme.