Now he’s got no role at all. The Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have released Mitchell, which was certainly the result Mitchell desired when he walked out on the team.
Mitchell’s agent said Wednesday that his client was upset that the team was playing him at defensive tackle or at end with the third team during practices when he felt he was promised a different role when the team signed him in June. Now that Mitchell got the release he wanted from Tampa, he’s free to shop his wares to the rest of the league.
It may turn out to be a case of being careful what you wish for. Mitchell got cut by Cleveland in March even though (or perhaps because) he had started 13 games for them in 2011. He then went to Tampa where he wasn’t able to earn playing time despite plenty of opportunities available on the defensive line thanks to Da’Quan Bowers‘ injury and the trade of Brian Price.
Mitchell’s physical skills might get him a look or two, but they’ve never translated into on-field performance and there’s not much reason to think that’s about to change.