The Cleveland Browns had hoped Jayme Mitchell would solidify one of the team’s starting defensive end spots in 2011. Mitchell did start 13 games, but managed just 1.5 sacks and was eventually benched in favor of practice squad-type Emmanuel Stephens.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are now releasing Mitchell.
The move saves roughly $2 million in cap space and clears $2.4 million worth of base salary off the books.
The Browns are hopeful that newly acquired Frostee Rucker will become a stronger presence at right end. The team’s left end is impressive 2011 second-round pick Jabaal Sheard.
Cleveland also signed ex-Eagle Juqua Parker to play in nickel packages.