Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) points to the crowd after knocking away a pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Interested In WR Golden Tate and S Mike Mitchell


According to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer, the Denver Broncos are among three other teams showing interest in Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell. Mitchell spent one season with the Panthers this past season, recording 50 total tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles in 15 games. Mitchell may be a familiar name to Broncos fans due to the fact that he was a second-round pick back in the 2009 NFL Draft by the division rival Oakland Raiders. Mitchell would spend his first four-seasons in the league with the Raiders, before signing with the Panthers for the 2013 season.

The Broncos could also have their eyes set on free-agent wide receiver Golden Tate formerly of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. With Eric Decker potentially asking for number one receiver type money, Denver will be looking elsewhere as Tate could be a fill in per Jeff Legwold, ESPN Denver Broncos reporter:

Seattle’s Golden Tate is not quite as big as Decker physically, but he’s a productive player who would flourish with a quarterback like Manning if he could get up to speed quickly in the call-it-on-the-fly work the Broncos do at the line of scrimmage. Tate could also play on the outside and offer something in the return game.

Tate would record three catches for 17 yards in the Super Bowl win over the Broncos. He would also record a career-high in receiving yards with Russell Wilson running the offense, catching 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 touchdowns.  If Denver signed Tate, he could be used in a variety of ways. With Trindon Holliday being non-tendered by the club a couple of days ago, Tate could fit right into the return role and serve as a receiver.

Another interesting free-agent that the Broncos could gauge interest in would be Julian Edelman. The Broncos pried away Wes Welker from the Pats last offseason and could do the same thing with Edelman. Julian is coming off of a career-year with the Patriots, recording 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.

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