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Mike Mitchell is an under-the-radar target Washington should consider.
Mike Mitchell and Joe Mays are the final members of the five mooted targets cited by Keim. The pair represent good value for a team that needs significantly better depth throughout the roster.
As an attack-minded safety, Mitchell could help steady things at a position that has been as stable as quicksand in recent seasons.
Mitchell performed well for the stout Carolina Panthers' defense in 2013. He is a sure hitter and excellent on the blitz.
That latter quality will likely appeal to Haslett, who wasn't able to use safeties on the blitz as often without LaRon Landry around.
But as dependable as Mitchell is attacking downhill, his coverage range is limited. He is not accomplished enough athletically to effectively patrol the deep zones.
He can be fooled by a smart quarterback, as he was when Drew Brees and the Saints regularly targeted him in Week 14. Those limitations will dim some of the market interest in this otherwise reliable veteran.
If Allen makes even a solid offer, he should be able to lure Mitchell to D.C.
The same is true for Mays. Keim claims he is a target "mostly as a special teams player." Considering how bad the Washington special teams were in 2013, signing Mays is a great idea.
He is also easily capable of starting on Haslett's 3-4 front. Mays has experience of the system from his time with the Houston Texans last season.
In Houston he operated in a more 1-gap, attacking-style mode of 3-4 than the Redskins generally play. But at 5'11" and 244 pounds, Mays certainly has the size to play in a more traditional version of the front.
He has always been a competent and active tackler, evidenced by his 67 stops in 2013. At the very least, he represents excellent depth at a threadbare position.
Both Mays and Mitchell are the kind of solid veterans this roster hasn't had enough of in the last four seasons. Reliable pros like these can key a quick turnaround for a team rebounding from a 3-13 finish.
Reasonably priced deals for the pair would help fix obvious team weaknesses and still leave enough money to make a marquee signing like Talib.
These latest rumors are promising because they have Washington mostly targeting less heralded, but capable players at positions of need.