Joseph Person from the Charlotte Observer reports that the Bengals made a contract offer to free agent safety Mike Mitchell:
Mitchell, who has started nine games since the Raiders drafted him in the second round in 2009, said the Bengals and Panthers both said he could compete for a starting spot. Mitchell, who grew up 15 minutes from Cincinnati in northern Kentucky, visited the Panthers on Monday.
The 25-year-old Mitchell has only nine starts in his NFL career. His career high 51 tackles came in 2010, and has been used in different packages as part of Oakland’s rotation.
Still, according to Pro Football Focus, among the 78 safeties who played in 25 percent of their team’s snaps in 2012, Mitchell ranked fifth in run-stop percentage when in the box (10.7 percent) and 20th in overall tackling efficiency (three missed tackles). He was the best pass rusher among NFL safeties with nine total pressures (one sack, six hits and two hurries) in 27 pass-rushing snaps. In fact, only four safeties had more total pressures than Mitchell, even though they played between three times and four times as many snaps.
Mitchel’s struggles came in the passing game, where he ranked a third-to-last in passer rating allowed (130.2).