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Redskins May Be Interested in Mitchell

Saturday, May 7, 2005

The Philadelphia Eagles yesterday released outspoken wide receiver Freddie Mitchell , who has expressed an interest in playing for the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins have not ruled out pursuing the 2001 first-round pick from UCLA, but sources said yesterday the team had not contacted the four-year veteran. Sources also indicated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a serious interest in Mitchell.

In response to media inquiries about Mitchell, the Redskins issued a brief release: "He will be evaluated just like every other player who hits the waiver wire. If we have interest, we will contact him."

The Redskins already have a logjam at wide receiver with Santana Moss , David Patten , Taylor Jacobs , James Thrash and Darnerien McCants . Rod Gardner remains in limbo after the club was unable to trade him before April's draft. But Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said Thursday that he is "skeptical" about Gardner returning for the 2005 season.

Mitchell was the 25th selection in 2001 -- 10 spots after Gardner -- but has failed to live up to expectations. In 63 career games, Mitchell has just 90 catches for 1,263 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Mitchell also drew attention by giving himself nicknames such as "The People's Champ," and criticized quarterback Donovan McNabb for not throwing him enough passes. Eagles Coach Andy Reid reportedly grew tired of Mitchell's act and uninvited him from the team's mandatory minicamp last week.

-- Nunyo Demasio

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