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Mitchell's latest comeback attempt fails news services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former NFL first-round pick Johnnie Mitchell has made five comeback attempts over the last seven years.

He has played in exactly zero regular-season games during that span. However, he shows no signs of giving up.

Mitchell was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, halting the latest comeback attempt by the tight end who hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since 1996.

"We didn't feel like he was going to make this football team," coach Jack Del Rio said. "We wanted to be fair and give him a chance to catch on with somebody else."

Mitchell was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 1992. He caught 158 passes for 2,086 yards and 16 TDs over four seasons. The Jets named him their franchise player before the 1996 season, but granted him his release after he walked out after the first day of coach Bill Parcells' training camp.

Then his travels really got started:

  • He signed with the Dolphins, but walked out of their training camp 12 days later.

  • He caught on briefly with the Cowboys later that year, but was out of football the next two seasons.

  • He signed again with the Jets in the spring of 1999, but announced his retirement at the start of training camp.

  • He spent 2000 out of football, then was with the Saints off and on the next two years, although he never played in a regular-season game for New Orleans.

    The Jaguars brought him in during the spring, when they were in contentious contract negotiations with Kyle Brady, and weren't sure if he would be part of the team this year. Brady is in camp, and with two young tight ends playing behind him, the Jaguars cut Mitchell.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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