NFL free agency 2014: Redskins pursuing Mike Mitchell, according to report

Kevin C. Cox

Carolina could lose its starting safety with news Mike Mitchell and the Redskins have been in contact.

Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell has quickly become a hot commodity just one year after being almost out of the league.

The Washington Redskins are interested in upgrading their secondary this offseason and Mitchell is a prime target. Teams cannot officially sign free agents until Tuesday but the sides have already been in contact, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Washington is high on Mitchell, a sixth-year safety, who last season recorded 66 tackles and four interceptions for the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins reached out to his representatives soon after the league's negotiation window opened at noon on Saturday. They remained in contact with Mitchell's camp, speaking with them several times throughout the day, one source said.

Interest in Mitchell should be expected. Getting out of Oakland proved to be the best thing for him, proving there's a black hole for talent on the Raiders in addition to in the stands. Switching coasts and playing in an elite defense allowed him to flourish, finishing with a career-high in tackles, sacks, passes defended, interceptions and forced fumbles.

That's not all.

It appears the Philadelphia Eagles are also targeting Mitchell, the second team in the NFC East. According to a report from NJ.com they plan to pursue the Panthers' safety when free agency opens.

This is part of the risk of leaning on one-year deals. It's great when the players don't pan out and you have little invested, but devastating when a player exceeds their contract, becomes a pivotal part of the defense only to be highly sought in free agency.

Dave Gettleman has said that Ted Ginn and Mitchell are priorities, now we see if the money can allow it to happen.

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