Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) reacts during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears Interested In Mike Mitchell and Ryan Mundy

With the Chicago Bears preparing for a pricey run at free agent defensive end Michael Bennett, chances are the team will not have enough money available to them to sign Bennett and a top-tier free agent safety in Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward.

That would be why on the first day of the anti-tampering window of the NFL Free Agency period, the Bears were connected to a pair of mid-tier safeties. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have expressed interested in Carolina Panthers’ free agent safety Mike Mitchell and New York Giants’ free agent safety Ryan Mundy. Biggs notes that the Bears interest in Mitchell dates back to 2009 when the team was interested in drafting the safety.

Mitchell compiled 67 tackles for the Panthers last season to go along with 2 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions.

Meanwhile, Mundy tallied 77 tackles for the Giants last season to go along with 1 interception.

In the NFL last season, there may have been no worse starting safety tandem than that of the Chicago Bears. Both Chris Conte and Major Wright struggled considerably in the Bears secondary last season and those struggles will lead to changes at the position during the off-season. Wright remains without a contract and the chances of him returning to the Bears in 2014 appear to be slim to none. Conte is under contract for the 2014 season and will have to compete for his starting position in training camp.

Though, Mitchell or Mundy, if one of the two were signed by the Bears then they would instantly be inserted into the defense as a starter.

Free agents can officially sign a contract with a new team on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CST.

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  • Johnathan Wood

    I would be against them handing out big $$ to Mitchell. He’s basically the same player as Major Wright, IMO. Solid SS who looks really good behind a good front 7 (Wright 2012, Mitchell 2013) and pretty bad behind a bad front 7 (Wright 2013, Mitchell in OAK).

    If you’re gonna do that, why not get Wright for much much cheaper?

  • John Vassar

    The Eagles and Redskins have entered the Mitchell derby and have pushed the Bears to the back burner. I still like Clemons out of Miami. Proven and consistent. Might cost them a few more bucks but well worth it. Don’t know Mundy that well so have to research him. http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/

    • http://dawindycity.com/ Jordan Campbell

      Seems like the team is focusing on the d-line before the secondary.