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Thread: FS Mike Mitchell is coming over from the Panthers

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    FS Mike Mitchell is coming over from the Panthers

    No details yet, but just saw that we will be signing him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Rock View Post
    No details yet, but just saw that we will be signing him.

    Looks like a quality signing. Young guy, good PFF grades this past year.

    Enter Mike Mitchell, whom Mosher reports has received interest from Philly as we approach the official start of the free-agency period Tuesday. The 26-year-old—he's a year younger than Byrd—started 14 games for Carolina in 2013, recording 66 tackles, four interceptions, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

    That kind of versatility and playmaking ability earned him a positive grade from Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which is something no qualifying Eagles safety could accomplish in 2013. He was also ranked as the 19th-best safety in coverage, which is particularly important for a team that ranked dead last in the NFL in pass defense last year.

    Pro Football Focus coverage grades, safeties, 2013
    Team Grade Rank
    Mike Mitchell Panthers 3.5 19th
    Nate Allen Eagles -1.3 51st
    Earl Wolff Eagles -4.0 67th
    Patrick Chung Eagles -8.4 81st
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    Mitchell might not be Byrd, but the price difference could be substantial. Considering that Byrd is also older and missed several games due to a foot injury last year, I'd say this is a no-brainer.

    They'll probably have to fight for Mitchell, too, because safeties are hot commodities this year, but the good news is that everyone not named Byrd could be affordable due to the fact that Antoine Bethea, Chris Clemons and Donte Whitner are also available. Supply and demand doesn't dramatically favor the players here.

    The Eagles might need a pair of new safeties. The jury's still out on 2013 rookie Earl Wolff, and Nate Allen is probably better suited as a backup. They'll likely look for another one in the draft, and a pass-rusher is also needed, but they'd be silly not to invest in one of those top-end safeties about to hit the open market.

    Bethea will be 30 next season. Whitner is also a couple of years older. Clemons has zero sacks and just three picks in his last 32 starts. Byrd will be too costly. Mitchell, though, might be the perfect target.

    If the Eagles are going to spend money on anyone, it should be on him.

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    Typical good FA signing for the Steelers. Looks like he will fit in well.

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    sounds good to me

    FS is biggest need to fill through FA, IMO

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    From NBC Sports

    Steelers agreed to terms with FS Mike Mitchell, formerly of the Panthers.
    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. Mar 11 - 6:27 PM

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    I'm very happy with this signing.
    Typical Steelers FA signing.

    Last edited by pittpete; 03-11-2014 at 07:10 PM.
    I wish people would/could leave politics out of a Steelers Football Forum.

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    Typical solid FA signing by the Steelers. Looks like he will be a good fit.

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    4 INTS and 3.5 Sacks??
    Just do that every year and that's an upgrade.
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...
    Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go...!!!

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    We'll take him! That's the type of guy we've been needing. Solid start to the year overall.

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    Excellent signing. Upside, starting ability & an instant upgrade.

    And at 27, takes away the need to draft a FS.
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    1. DaRon Payne
    2. Josey Jewell
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