Mitchell will be released next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mitchell celebrates his 31st birthday in June and carries a $5 million base salary for 2018. The Steelers may try to bring him back at a lower figure, as he's made 60 starts in his four seasons with the team. Mitchell landed between 4.1 and 5.0 tackles per game each of the past five years, highlighted by a 2015 campaign with 80 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden would be the top in-house options to replace Mitchell in the starting lineup.
Mitchell, who recorded one tackle (solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Browns, finishes up the 2017 season with 53 tackles (35 solo) and the one fumble recovery in 13 games.
Clinging to a four-point lead late in the game, Mitchell happened to be in the right place at the right time, recovering a Duke Johnson fumble forced by William Gay after a 30-yard catch and run. It was Mitchell's first-and-only turnover this season. He also had his fewest tackle total since 2012 with Oakland and, at 30, is starting to show signs of his age. He still provides a valuable veteran presence on defense, and is under contract until 2019, so he should resume his role in the secondary next season.
Mitchell (ankle) is officially active for Sunday night's game against the Ravens.
Mitchell was listed as questionable after putting in a limited practice Friday, but will return to action after sitting out Week 13. The veteran safety has battled injury throughout the past month and will hope to stay healthy in this week's divisional matchup.
Mitchell (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Mitchell was on track to shed his injury designation by Friday after logging full practices on Wednesday and Thursday, but his limited participation heading into the weekend keeps his status for Week 14 somewhat up in the air. If he's forced to miss his second straight game, Robert Golden would likely start in his place at safety once again.
Mitchell (ankle) practiced without limitations Wednesday and is in line to start Sunday against the Ravens.
Mitchell has missed two of the Steelers' last three contests, but he should have a high snap count Sunday. However, the veteran safety is averaging just 4.2 tackles per game and is a tough start in most formats.
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