Jaguars cut TE Johnny Mitchell

Updated: August 4, 2003, 2:23 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The Jacksonville Jaguars ended Johnny Mitchell's latest comeback rather quickly.

The Jaguars on Monday waived the tight end who has not played a regular-season NFL game since 1996.

"We wanted to be fair and give him a chance to catch on with somebody else," said Jacksonville rookie coach Jack Del Rio.

The Jaguars signed Mitchell in the spring when they were unsure if starting tight end Kyle Brady would be willing to restructure his contract. Once Brady reported for training camp, the Jags had little use for Mitchell.

A first-round pick of the New York Jets in 1992, Mitchell caught 158 passes for 2,086 yards and 16 touchdowns in four years with them. But once Bill Parcells took over as Jets coach in 1996, Mitchell walked out of training camp and was released.

Mitchell immediately signed with the Miami Dolphins, but was cut less than two weeks later. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys during the season.

After two years out of football, Mitchell signed with the Jets in 1999, but announced his retirement in training camp. He resurfaced in 2001 with the New Orleans Saints, but never played in a regular-season game for them.

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