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Steelers sign Panthers S Mike Mitchell

Former Panthers safety Mike Mitchell has confirmed he has signed a free agent deal with the Steelers. The versatile and athletic safety made draft lore by becoming a surprise second round pick of the Raiders in 2009. He's shown in five years why he was worth it.

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Free agent safety Mike Mitchell has announced via Twitter he has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Original story:

Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs is reporting Tuesday the Steelers and free agent safety Mike Mitchell will come to terms on a free agent deal.

Mitchell, a second round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2009, one of the more eyebrow-raising picks in recent memory. It has become a favorite draft memory story, as analysts covering the draft in 2009 appeared to not have any idea who he was. There was no film on him after his senior year at Ohio University.

His stock largely boosted by a 4.43 40-time at his pro day, and with good size (6-foot-1, 207 pounds), he looked to be an excellent combination of athleticism and power.

But a second round pick? Very Raiders-like, to say the least.

Mitchell played out his four year rookie contract, and was allowed to leave in 2013. He signed a one-year deal with the Panthers, where he played last season both as a strong and free safety for one of the best defenses in the game. He contributed to a high level, too, notching 67 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions in his fifth year in the league.