Patriots to sign Terrance Mitchell

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After a spending frenzy in free agency last offseason, the Patriots have largely returned to form in 2022.

To that end, they’ve agreed to sign a veteran defensive back to a low-end contract.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England is set to sign cornerback Terrance Mitchell to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Mitchell, who turns 30 in May, spent the 2021 season with the Texans. He recorded 10 passes defensed, an interception, and three forced fumbles in 14 games with 13 starts.

The defensive back was with Cleveland from 2018-2020, appearing in 39 games for the franchise with 27 starts. Overall, Mitchell has eight interceptions, 59 passes defensed, and nine forced fumbles in his career. He entered the league as a Cowboys seventh-round pick back in 2014.

With J.C. Jackson agreeing to sign a lucrative deal with the Chargers, the Patriots will need a replacement to start at corner. Given his experience, Mitchell has a chance to be that player.

17 responses to “Patriots to sign Terrance Mitchell

  1. Patriots just saved 37 million in salary cap guarantees as of today…..Bill is a financial wizard!!!

  2. If this is the Jc Jackson replacement, I don’t know what Bill is thinking here. He doesn’t play man well, more of a zone corner who lacks speed and explosiveness.
    The Pat’s D is looking like the slowest D in the league right now.

  3. paupwarner says:
    March 16, 2022 at 10:21 am
    If this is the Jc Jackson replacement,

    He isn’t. HE’s serviceable corner for depth. Suitable as the CB4.

    We’ll know who the JC replacement is by Day 2 of the draft at the latest.

  4. Sad signing. Nobody wants to play for BB. Poor guy will get torched by Josh Allen.


    Meanwhile the Bills have signed a 34 yr old guard, a DT who is not as good as the guy he replaces, and a Matt Breida clone to replace Matt Breida.

    Bills fans are all super excited!

  5. So much for adding youth to the defense. The race (jog) for 2024 competitiveness has begun in NE!

  6. Seems like a signing just for the sake of promoting competition for the corner position.

  7. I’ll never discount a BB-coached team, but this is a quiet FA for a team that needs to close the gap w/ the better teams in the AFC.

    I’d guess that they’re counting on another very good draft (the last couple have been solid), and a leap from Jones.

  8. Looks like the Patriots will try to trade for (at nominal trade compensation but a $10MM/yr salary), La’el Collins of the Cowboys. Basically, giving up a 29 year-old guard in Mason and then acquiring a 28 year-old tackle with position flexibility Shaq doesn’t have.

    Making sense of Mason trade but only if they pull it off.

  9. Bill is better at assessing current NFL talent than draft choices. He whiffed at Sanu but that’s because he was no longer the player Bill knew him to be.

    I expect the Martin trade to work out well. Not so sure about Mitchell but I doubt there are any significant guarantees in the deal. If you have faith in yourself, you sign with Belichick hoping he will use you well and increase your value.

  10. The collapse at the end of the year coupled with the uncharacteristic no-show defense in the playoffs make me think the Patriot D has a long ways to go to get back to where they once were. That said, I would not count them out as a wild card.

  11. @buffalo69,

    Speed at LB is what stops dual threat QBs like Allen. The Patriots just traded for Mac Wilson, a fast LB who arrives at his target with violence.

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