Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) points to the crowd after knocking away a pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Re-signing Mike Mitchell priority for Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have a few big offseason decisions to make, but re-signing Mike Mitchell shouldn’t be a difficult choice.

Mitchell, who signed a one-year, $1 million dollar deal with the Panthers last season is set for a hefty raise thanks to a fantastic 2013 season. It’s one the Panthers are expected to provide, this according to the Charlotte Observer.

Releasing Godfrey obviously would create some urgency for the Panthers to re-sign Mike Mitchell, who stepped in for Godfrey and outperformed his 1-year, $1 million contract. Mitchell, whose four interceptions tied Kuechly for the team lead, will be looking for a multiyear deal.

The 26-year-year-old Mitchell, in addition to four interceptions, had 67 tackles, two forced fumbles and four sacks.

Outside of the elite, you’d struggle to find a better season by a safety. Of course, the question is, can Mitchell – who will turn 27 in June, replicate the success next season? That’s the hope of the Panthers, especially if they extend a multi-year contract offer to him.

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