i maybe crazy for thinking this, i think mitchell continues to improve at the free safety position.
the dude was in oakland, OAKLAND.
his intanglibles and tangibles are off the charts. ran a sub 4.4 40 at the combine, hits like a mack truck, is football smart and always willing to learn, and hes only 25 or 26. Who is available to replace him that you would think would be as serviceable, and at times a game changer?
I keep hearing this replaceable word getting thrown around. I think people tend to forget this was his first year in this system, his first year starting at the free safety position. I really, really think we found a gem we need to hold onto for a couple years.
and fwiw, i listed mitchell as one of our core players we needed to keep back when the season first ended.
i still feel that way.
i agree about the intangibles and that he'll get better, but he is replaceable. i hate that he may have to be replaced because he's more expensive than we can afford, but still the guy responsible for finding him and landing him is still here and just getting started. i trust gentleman's ability to find hidden gems and get them here. i would love for mitchell to be part of the core going forward, but teams in our cap situation can't afford to have too big of a core.
until we get rid of hurney's bad contracts, i think we're going to see this type thing happen fairly often. gettleman spots underutilized or underachieving players and brings them in and then after a year of playing to their ability become too expensive for us. i think the upside of this is that we are going to get a good reputation among the players as a good spot to prove yourself Nd earn a bigger contract somewhere. that's not a bad rep to have, imo. we'd be a team that players actually want to come and play for rather than a place to come when you're desperate for a job and you've got nowhere else to go.