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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 all 16 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 blitzed and in coverage.
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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.
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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.
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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 corner back 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.
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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.
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The Charlotte Observer believes S Michael Mitchell would start over Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell if the season started today.
Luckily, the season doesn't start for another five months. Veteran Charles Godfrey has one of the safety spots locked up, but the other is up for competition. Nakamura started 13 games in 2012, but he was routinely burned in coverage. Look for Carolina to target a safety with one of its five picks in the draft.