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Jaguars Sign Pete Mitchell

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed tight end Pete Mitchell, an original Jaguar who played for the team from 1995 to '98. Length and terms of the contract are not disclosed.

In four seasons with the Jaguars, Mitchell caught 166 passes for 1,845 yards and nine touchdowns and still ranks as the team's third-leading career receiver behind Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. He played in every game in the franchise's first four seasons, starting 40 games.

In 1999, Mitchell signed with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent. He set a career high that season with 58 receptions. He also played for the Giants in 2000, when they were the NFC champions, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Last year, Mitchell signed with the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent. He played in only five games, making one start, before being released by the team on November 14.

The signing of Mitchell brings the Jaguars' roster to 65 players. The team's offseason conditioning program begins Monday.

Pete Mitchell's Career Statistics

YEAR Team GP/GS REC YDS AVG LG TD

1995 Jacksonville 16/5 41 527 12.9 35 2

1996 Jacksonville 16/7 52 575 11.1 30 1

1997 Jacksonville 16/12 35 380 10.9 33 4

1998 Jacksonville 16/16 38 363 9.6 38 2

1999 N.Y. Giants 15/6 58 520 9.0 25 3

2000 N.Y. Giants 14/5 25 245 9.8 22 1

2001 Detroit 5/1 5 29 5.8 12 0

NFL totals: 7 years 98/52 254 2,639 10.4 38 13

Jaguars totals: 4 years 64/40 166 1,845 11.1 38 9

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