Former USF WR Mitchell signs with Browns
Former USF receiver Carlton Mitchell has agreed to a four-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, according to the Dayton Daily News, becoming the third rookie ex-Bull to sign their first NFL contract.
The National Football Post cited sources in reporting Mitchell's deal as including a $113,000 signing bonus -- his base salary will be $320,000 this season, rising to $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, after which he would be an unrestricted free agent.
Mitchell, drafted in the sixth round, joins Rams rookies Jerome Murphy and George Selvie as signed draft picks -- all that remains are the first two Bulls taken, the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul and the Eagles' Nate Allen.
-- USF basketball made official the signing of former Arizona State small forward Victor Rudd -- they're listing him at 6-foot-7, and you can think of him as the first part of Stan Heath's 2011 recruiting class, on campus a year early. Heath obviously needs to target a big man with at least one of his two scholarships in play for the upcoming recruiting season -- we'll start writing on USF's top targets in the next few days.
-- USF also announced that its representatives at the Big East preseason media gathering next month in Newport, R.I., will be senior center Sampson Genus and sophomore quarterback B.J. Daniels. Impressed to see the Bulls send an underclassmen to Newport -- Daniels is clearly the most recognizable player on USF's roster, but former coach Jim Leavitt never wanted to put younger players in the spotlight.