Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell (21) celebrates breaking up a pass by the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles Targeting Mike Mitchell, 'Lukewarm' On Jairus Byrd

Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Update 11:55 EST: Yesterday evening, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer tweeted that Mitchell was receiving interest from the Falcons, Broncos, Eagles, and Bears.

This morning, Person followed that up by saying that the Eagles were among the teams showing the most interest in Mitchell; the other is a divisional rival.

 

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The Eagles aren’t one piece away. This isn’t an “all in” season for a team that has a young core and a bright future. It certainly isn’t the type of the season where you write blank checks for the best free-agents, and hinder your chances of keeping your own players long-term. Perhaps those ideals are influencing the Eagles approach to free-agency.

CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher is reporting that the team is “lukewarm” on signing free-agent safety Jairus Byrd.

 As for Jairus Byrd, the market’s top safety, a league source said the Eagles haven’t shown much interest “yet.”

With the rookie contracts on Nick Foles, Mychal Kendricks and Fletcher Cox, among others, likely needing to be re-done next off-season, the team might not be prepared to guarantee  nine or ten million dollars against the cap to one player for the next three or four seasons (that’s likely to be all that would be guaranteed).

Per Mosher, the Eagles have shown interest in Panthers free-agent safety Mike Mitchell.

The Eagles have shown interest in former Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according to a league source.

Mitchell had a career-year in 2014, his only season on the Panthers stacked unit. After four disappointing seasons in Oakland, the former Ohio Bobcat standout posted career highs in tackles (50), sacks (four), forced fumbles (two), and interceptions (four).

Signing a player like Mitchell might not be a “sexy move”, but I’m beginning the get the feeling that the Howie Roseman/Chip Kelly era will be defined by great drafts and smart free-agent pickups, rather than overpaying for expensive veterans.

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