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Roster Moves: Colts Sign S Mike Mitchell

Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell and waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins.

Mitchell, 6-1, 221 pounds, has played in 137 career games (84 starts) in his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2014-17), Carolina Panthers (2013) and Oakland Raiders (2009-2012) and has compiled 464 tackles (337 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 41 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and 22 special teams stops. He has started eight postseason contests and has tallied 39 tackles (19 solo), 1.0 sack, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. Mitchell was originally selected by the Raiders in the second round (47th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

From 2014-17, Mitchell started all 61 games he appeared in with the Steelers and registered 281 tackles (201 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, 23 passes defensed, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He also started seven postseason contests for Pittsburgh and collected 34 tackles (17 solo), 1.0 sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. In 2013, Mitchell started 14-of-15 games he played in with the Panthers and finished with 66 tackles (50 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. He started one postseason contest for Carolina and tallied five tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed. From 2009-2012, Mitchell saw action in 61 games (nine starts) with Oakland and compiled 117 tackles (86 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and 22 special teams stops.

Pipkins, 6-0, 196 pounds, has spent time on Indianapolis’ active roster and practice squad this season. He started in Week 5 at New England and finished with a single-game career-high nine tackles (six solo). Pipkins was originally acquired by the team via trade with the Green Bay Packers on August 26, 2018 before being waived during final cuts on September 1. As a rookie in 2017, he played in 12 games (one start) for the Packers and registered 17 tackles (13 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, one pass defensed and one special teams stop. Pipkins was originally signed by Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2017.

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