The Jacksonville Jaguars today removed the transition designation
from TE Pete Mitchell, making him an unrestricted free agent.
As a transition player, Mitchell had received a tender offer equal to
the average of the top 10 salaries of tight ends in the NFL last
season, and the Jaguars would have had the right of first refusal to
match any offer sheet that might be given to Mitchell by another
club. Now he is free to talk to any team, and the Jaguars will not
receive compensation should he sign elsewhere. On Wednesday,
the Jaguars obtained TE Kyle Brady, who was a transition free
agent of the New York Jets, after the Jets announced they would
not match the offer sheet made by the Jaguars on Tuesday.
Last season, Mitchell started all 16 games and caught 38 passes for
363 yards and two touchdowns, finishing fourth on the team in
receptions. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Mitchell has caught
166 passes for 1,845 yards and nine touchdowns. He is one of only
four players to have played in every Jaguars game over four years,
and he has at least one reception in 60 of those 64 games.
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