Saints new linebacker Mitchell happy to be with team

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports Reporter

wwltv.com

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 9 at 2:32 PM

METAIRIE, La. – Kawika Mitchell felt the joy of winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

He wasn’t around for the follow up try, instead signing a long-term contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Now he’s with the Saints for a post-Super Bowl follow and he couldn’t be happier as New Orleans (9-3) prepares for Sunday’s 3:05 p.m. home game with St. Louis (6-6).

“It’s good to be around and see what it’s like the year after a championship,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t get to experience that in New York. These guys are still about their business and they’re serious about getting another one. It’s great to be here.”

Mitchell went to training camp with the Bills, but a foot injury forced Buffalo to place him on Injured Reserve and at midseason, they came to an injury settlement. He was an unrestricted free agent, allowed to sign anywhere.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said Mitchell’s stellar workout and his history in the league made it an easy decision to sign him.

“Kawika is a player that has a lot of experience and will, No. 1, give us depth and we’ll look to see as we move forward how we can work him into our various packages,” Payton said. “But he’s someone with a lot of experience and we felt like his workout was very good.”

Mitchell has 487 total tackles in seven seasons with the Chiefs, Giants and Bills. He has 12 sacks, 20 passes defended and six interceptions, of which he returned one for a touchdown. He has forced six fumbles, as well.

As for what he will be asked to do with the Saints, he was coy about discussions with the coaching staff.

But he said whatever it is, he’ll give 100 percent of his effort to prove his worth.

“Whatever is needed. I wanted to be back in the game and I worked hard to be here,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to make sure I take advantage of this opportunity.”

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