Dissatisfied with role, Bucs defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell leaves team
Bucs coach Greg Schiano announced today that defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell had elected to leave the team, offering no explanation for the move.
But Mitchell’s agent, Lamont Smith, has shed some light on his client’s decision.
A 13-game starter for the Browns last season, Mitchell said “he didn’t feel it was a good fit for him,” according to Smith.
“He expressed some concerns about some things (on Tuesday) and I asked him to stick it out a little longer. Camp is long and hard,” Smith said. “But he still felt this is what he wanted to do. He spoke with his position coach, and I told him he should still have a conversation with (general manager) Mark Dominik. Well, he attempted to do that. I’ll leave it at that.”
Pressed further, Smith said Mitchell was unhappy about his current situation with the Bucs. When signed during the offseason, Smith said the Bucs indicated he would have a chance to compete as a defensive end – his preferred position. His signing was seen as an effort by the Bucs to bolster the defensive end position after Da'Quan Bowers' Achilles injury. But recently, Smith said, Mitchell was playing numerous snaps at defensive tackle and with the third team.
Tuesday’s first depth chart placed Mitchell as the third left defensive end.
“He just felt like he was told one thing, but the team did another,” Smith said. “That’s his position.”
Mitchell, 28, is the second player to leave this training camp. Linebacker Thomas Williams, a veteran of four previous NFL seasons, left camp just days after he was signed on July 26. It’s unclear why.
Mitchell has played 43 games during his six-year his career with the Vikings and Browns. He had his best season in 2011, recording 34 tackles for Cleveland.
Also today, the Bucs waived cornerback Derrick Roberson, a prospect who spent time with the team two years ago. The team used the two open roster spots to sign defensive tackle Teryl White (formerly of North Carolina-Central) and cornerback James Rogers (Michigan).