One of the most highly scrutinized picks of the 2009 draft has agreed to terms on his rookie contract.
Safety Michael Mitchell, a second-round pick, will sign a four-year deal with the Raiders, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mitchell was one of the most surprising first day draft picks in years, flummoxing draft analysts like Mike Mayock who thought Mitchell might not get drafted at all.
Since being selected, we’ve been impressed with Mitchell’s attitude toward the criticism, not to mention the highlight reels of his career that have circulated.
Many believe that Mitchell has an excellent chance to start as a rookie at strong safety.
He should have the opportunity to prove his critics wrong right away, while a bust of Raiders draft pasts, Michael Huff, watches from the sideline.
UPDATE: PFT’s Aaron Wilson is reporting that Michael Mitchell’s four-year contract includes a $1.6 million signing bonus and guaranteed money of nearly $2.03 million, according to a league source.