With Marc Colombo's future in doubt the Bears tried to address left tackle situation in the off-season.
Although John Tait was given left tackle money when he signed a six-year $33 million deal, the coaching staff decided he was better suited to play on the right side.
The Bears can't afford to pay a left tackle big money, so Mitchell could be a bargain as he's due a base salary of $380000, $650000, $750000 and $850000 over the next four seasons.
The question is can he play?
Mitchell has started 10 of Chicago's last 11 games at left tackle and is one of three Bears offensive linemen to start all eight games this season. He was penalized twice Sunday against the Giants, once for holding and once for a false start. On a weekly basis it seems he's flagged or putting the quarterback in harms way by getting beat off the edge.
If that trend continues, Colombo will be given a chance before the end of the year. However, that doesn't mean Mitchell was a bust.
Since Jerry Angelo became the GM in 2001 he has given extensions to players before it was deemed necessary.
Angelo has always believed in rewarding players that have developed within the organization. It has been met with mixed results.
Alfonso Boone was given an extension in the style of Azumah and Green, but hasn't had the same impact on the field. Still, he's not absorbing much of the cap and is a reasonably priced backup.
The same off-season Olin Kreutz was given a $25 million deal. The three-time Pro Bowl center is arguably the best player at his position, but giving that kind of coin to a center could eventually backfire on the Bears cap situation.
The jury is still out on Mitchell and the remainder of the season will give the coaching staff a body of work to make a judgment on his ability.