Report: Steelers expected to cut Mike Mitchell

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The Steelers are reportedly set to part ways with a veteran member of their secondary.

Shortly after safety Mike Mitchell suggested that something might be afoot with his roster spot in a tweet saying “it is what it is,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Steelers are expected to release him.

Mitchell was set to make $5 million in the final year of his contract with a cap charge of more than $8.1 million. The Steelers will recoup $6.3 million of that space as they head into free agency.

Mitchell has been a fixture in the starting lineup for Pittsburgh over the last four years. He missed the only three games of his tenure during the 2017 season and finished the year with 53 tackles.

That may not wind up as the end of the line for Mitchell with the Steelers. Rapoport adds that the team is open to bringing him back for less money, but it appears Mitchell will get the chance to see if anyone wants to pay him more before considering that possibility.

16 responses to “Report: Steelers expected to cut Mike Mitchell

  1. A lot of pretty solid veterans are getting cut. A smart team would pick up a couple of these guys at a fair price and draft best available to strengthen their roster.

  2. He was pretty poor IMO just based on the few games I saw. Could be wrong but think it is probably for the best regarding Steelers as can do better

  3. The ship is sinking and the Steelers just handed out one of their last lifeboats.

  4. PrincePaul says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    A lot of pretty solid veterans are getting cut.


    Solid? Sure you didn’t mean to post to an article for another player? Otherwise, you have a way lower bar for what constitutes “solid” than I do.

    I was into it when they acquired Mitchell originally, but he’s been a liability in the secondary since he came. Him running his mouth going into the Jacksonville game and looking like a chump after the fact didn’t help his case.

  5. This guy still doesn’t understand angles. Takes more bad angles than any football player I have ever seen. Of course that doesn’t stop him from running his mouth. Could be the worst starting FS the Steelers have had in 50 years.

  6. Would give anything if the Steelers could pick up Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, but he’ll go too high for us. We desperately need a star safety and Mitchell is not it. Fitzpatrick is so versatile; envy the team that gets him. Meanwhile, will be glad to see Mitchell go.

  7. He was a turd in Oakland and he was a bigger turd in Pitt. If he signs for more than the min. Some fan base will be disappointed

  8. Dear takeyourpunisment – if u don’t think this move is addition-by-subtraction, you have Boston Baked Beans for brains. I’ve watched Steeler football for 30 yrs, and Mitchell is easily their worst FA pickup ever. The fact they had to pay him $5m is even more vomit-inducing.

  9. “I’ve watched Steeler football for 30 yrs, and Mitchell is easily their worst FA pickup ever.”

    You might want to watch a little closer.

    As bad a he is (hopefully “was”), Mitchell started for four consecutive seasons.

    Ladarius Green, Sean Mahan, Donnell Woolford, Kent Graham, Quincy Morgan, Duce Staley. The list goes on.

    Mitchell is not even in the Top Ten of worst Steelers FA signings.

  10. stoneydog1000 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    Dirtiest player in the NFL.

    I doubt it. Otherwise, Steelers would have signed him for another 10 years.

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