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In this edition of the Free Agent Report we will take a look at a possible free safety prospect that with a change of scenery could pay dividends as in our very own Mike Mitchell did for Carolina last season.
The safety position group currently on the Panthers is not to shabby and it got some real key contributions last season by free agents that were brought in with the likes of Quintin Mikell, Mike Mitchell, and UDFA Robert Lester. Now under the assumption the team does not bring back Mikell and lets our other safety Charles Godfrey become a cap casualty, then the organization will be looking at Robert Lester and special teams ace Colin Jones being the only safeties under contract for the 2014 season. Now saying this I do believe it would be foolish not to resign Mike Mitchell (Coming off his one year deal in which he not only outperformed his contract but also became a great fit with the other players on the defensive side of the ball), to a well earned deal and have him here for years to come. If the team retains Mitchell, Lester, and Jones it is going to need to bring in another player either in FA or the draft. If the team does go through free agency then I think this is just the type of player in the same respects as Mitchell was last season that getting a breath of fresh air with a new team could do wonders for him and the team that signs him.
Darian Stewart of the St. Louis Rams is a 2014 UFA that could come in and help solidify the safety position in terms of depth and could line up with Mike Mitchell and let him move back to his more natural SS position and let Stewart play the position of FS. Darian Stewart stands in at 5' 11" and weighs 214 lbs. He is only 25 years old, so he still has a lot of good football left in him. One other tidbit is he played his college ball right down the road in Columbia S.C. for the Gamecocks. Stewart has seen playing time as the starting SS and FS for the Rams until a hamstring injury sidelined him enough to open the door for another Ram's safety Rodney McLeod to take the job and not relinquish it. Stewart could be just like Mike Mitchell in the fact if he moved on to a new team that gave him a chance to show his talents he would take that opportunity and run with it as in the same way Mitchell ran with his for Carolina last year.
Darian Stewart Career Per NFL.com Darian Stewart Stats
|2013||St. Louis Rams||13||6||36||30||6||0.0||--||5||--||--||0.0||--||--||1|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||12||0||10||10||0||0.0||--||0||--||--||0.0||--||--||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||15||13||84||67||17||3.0||0||11||1||27||27.0||27T||1||2|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||13||0||17||16||1||1.0||--||2||--||--||0.0||--||--||0|
I also would like everyone to check out this link to a little bit of history on Darian Stewart.
Per St. Louis Rams.com Stewart Set for Larger Role
I am in the thinking Stewart would come in on a one year contract to show what he can bring to a team in the same manner as of Mike Mitchell's deal last season. Stewart could be signed to the exact same deal he played under last season with St. Louis for 1 year 1 million dollars and exactly the same as Mitchell's one year deal here last season. It is getting a veteran in here with in the sound financial constraints that Gettleman would have no problem getting done. It also free's up another draft pick that Gettleman could use on a different position player for the roster.
Darian Stewart Contract Per Spotrac Stewart's Contract