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Mitchell, 30, signed a five year deal before the start of the 2014 season. Paired with strong safety and future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, Mitchell helped the Steelers go 11-5 during his first season in Pittsburgh after the Steelers had endured consecutive .500 seasons in 2012 and 2013. Mitchell then played alongside Will Allan following Polamalu's retirement in April of 2015, as Pittsburgh's pass defensed finished 30th in the league that season. Despite the secondary's issues, the Steelers were still able to win 10 games along with a playoff game over the AFC North rival Bengals.
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After not missing a game during his first three years in Pittsburgh, injuries limited Mitchell to 13 games in 2017. He also suffered a slip in production, as he failed to record an interception while deflecting just two passes last season. Given their salary cap limitations, Pittsburgh elected to release Mitchell, who was going to be due $5 million next season.