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Mike Mitchell takes to Instagram to thank Steelers fans for his time in Pittsburgh

Players come and go in the NFL, and Mike Mitchell sends his thanks to the Steelers organization, and fans, after his release.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

There was always the chance Mike Mitchell returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers. When reports circulated of his pending release, it was also reported the team would welcome Mitchell back, just on a lower salary.

Easier said than done, but it is safe to say after the Steelers added former Packers safety Morgan Burnett in free agency, it was the end for Mitchell in Pittsburgh.

With the writing on the wall, Mitchell took to his verified Instagram page to thank the Steelers organization, and the fan base, for his time wearing black-and-gold.

The caption reads:

It has been an incredible four years and I want to thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for the opportunity to play for such a legendary organization. Everyone knows the passion that I displayed for this team and city, and Steelers Nation has been a huge part of that. I cannot thank my fans enough for their unwavering support. My experiences here will always hold a special place in my heart. I have grown so much as a player and more important as a man during my time spent with this organization. I played for great coaches who helped me refine my craft, and I am so appreciative for their dedication to myself and teammates. My teammates have really become my brothers and those are bonds that were not created in vain! The logo on my uniform may change, but I remain the same man, teammate and player. I look forward seeing what new opportunities will present themselves and I promise to bring my same mentality and passion with me as I start my next chapter. #5OR50

Mitchell’s time in Pittsburgh was seemingly rocky from the start, at least in his relationship with the fan base. Never fully embraced for whatever reason, Mitchell’s time in Pittsburgh ends on rather mundane terms.

His stats while in Pittsburgh:

Combined tackles: 281
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 4
Touchdowns: 0
Passes Defensed: 23
Forced Fumbles: 4
Fumble Recoveries: 4

Mitchell looks to find a new team, and the Steelers will now begin preparing for life with a new defensive secondary after Mitchell, Robert Golden and William Gay have all been let go to find greener pastures.