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By: Will Burge **UPDATED 3:00**
-A league source tells ESPN Cleveland that the Browns will release defensive end Jayme Mitchell today. Mitchell, who was obtained via a trade with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, never really lived up to the expectations that the Browns had for him.
When general manager Tom Heckert took over in Berea he felt as though Mitchell was the team’s top pass rusher. Unfortunately, Mitchell never lived up to the billing. In 13 starts last season he managed to record only 1.5 sacks and 29 tackles.
Teams frequently targeted his side of the line when running against the Browns and he was even replaced in the starting lineup at one point for Emmanuel Stephens. Mitchell made no bones about the fact that he was upset with the lack of playing time down the stretch of the 2011 season.
The move does not come as a surprise as the Browns have officially signed DE Frostee Rucker and reportedly signed DE Jaqua Parker
-The Browns officially announced the signing of defensive end Jaqua Parker and re-signing of defensive back Dimitri Patterson. They also officially announced the release of defensive end Jayme Mitchell which you heard here first.
In the Browns’ press release, head coach Pat Shurmur had this to say about Jaqua Parker, “We are excited about the signing of Juqua,” said Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. “I was with him in Philadelphia and know him well. He is a tough, productive player who will be a great addition to our defense.”
He also commented on Dimitri Patterson, “Dimitri came in last year and was an important part of our defense,” Shurmur said. “He helped solidify our defensive backfield and we are happy to have him back with the Browns.”
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