Steelers have options to replace Mitchell, Gay.
The secondary is transitioning this offseason, but the new free safety might already be on the roster.
The options in the search for Mike Mitchell’s replacement could include strong safety Sean Davis.
“We haven’t really talked about who’s in what position yet,” cornerback Joe Haden offered this week. “Sean, I think he could definitely be a free safety, though. He’s the dude I could see definitely being able to cover sideline to sideline and with his tackling, he’s going to be able to get people down.”
Mitchell and last season’s ‘dime’ cornerback, William Gay, are among the departures from the 2017 team.
And next week’s NFL Draft may provide an additional resource or two with which to work.
Haden and the Steelers are pondering the possibilities at present with more of a handle on the job descriptions on the back end than the specific division of labor.
“At the free safety spot we just need a guy that’s a sure tackler, be able to go sideline to sideline, being over the top of the corners, being able to just be the blanket over the defense,” Haden said. “If anything breaks it’s a 20-yard gain and not a 50-yard gain.
“And with the ‘dime,’ somebody that’s…