Panthers Sign S Mitchell From Raiders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS / AP) — The Carolina Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Oakland Raiders.

Mitchell agreed to a one-year contract and the team announced the deal Thursday.

On his Twitter page Mitchell thanked the Raiders, saying “Oakland will always be in my heart” but added, “I look forward to the opportunity to be a Carolina Panther.”

Mitchell played in 61 games with nine starts during four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He had 41 tackles last season and one sack.

Mitchell will have a chance to compete for the Panthers starting strong safety job with Haruki Nakamura and D.J. Campbell.

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