One thing is abundantly clear, and that’s the Washington Redskins need help at safety in a bad way. And it seems they will be looking to free agency as a means to address this glaring need. With Carolina Panthers free agent safety Mike Mitchell being one of their primary targets.
I previously listed Mitchell as one of the Top 5 sleepers in free agency. But it appears as though no one is sleeping on him any more. Not only are the Redskins inquiring into Mitchell’s services, but a whole host of other teams are as well. So if the Redskins want to sign him they may have to out bid some one.
Mitchell is coming off of an outstanding season for the Panthers in which he had 67 tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 interceptions. That’s a very impressive line, and was by far the best season of his career. Coming to the Panthers after four so-so seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Mitchell signed a one-year deal with the Panthers, had a big season, and now people want him. He’s a good player, but some of the attention may have to do with the top safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward wanting to be paid a much higher rate that what Mitchell could demand. But that might all be changing.
Mitchell is just entering his prime, and he would be an instant upgrade over what the Redskins currently have at the position. So it will be interesting to see how far the Redskins will go in order to secure the services of one of the up and coming safeties in the league.