Mitchell officially announced his retirement at a University of Georgia event on Friday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Mitchell wasn't able to play in a NFL game since his heroics during Super Bowl LI, as knee injuries effectively ended his career. The 2016 fourth-round pick will be fondly remembered by Patriots fans after tallying six catches for 70 yards in the aforementioned come-from-behind Super Bowl win, capping off a rookie season in which he caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
Mitchell underwent another surgery to address a chronic right knee issue in August, two days after he was released from the Patriots, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-round pick, has yet to play an NFL down since recording six receptions for 70 yards in the Patriots' comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Knee concerns limited Mitchell during his college career at Georgia, and it appears the 26-year-old's health hasn't improved much since he entered the professional ranks. He's hopeful the latest knee procedure will allow him to return at full strength for the 2019 season, so look for him to perhaps surface in training camp with the Patriots or another team next summer.
The Patriots will release Mitchell (knee), Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
When healthy, the 2016 fourth-rounder is a heady wideout with solid route-running and ball skills. However, Mitchell has had trouble staying healthy as a pro, and his lingering knee woes have led to the Patriots moving on from the 25-year-old.
Mitchell (knee) is considered to be day-to-day, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports.
Mitchell received treatment on his injured right knee Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll play in the teams first preseason contest against the Redskins on Aug. 9. Mitchell projects as a depth receiver and special teams asset for New England in 2018.
Mitchell (knee) was on the rehab field at Friday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
It's a small step in the right direction just four days after Mitchell had a minor non-surgical procedure on his troublesome knee. He avoided the PUP list for the start of training camp, but his participation has been limited to jogging, stretching and observing. The Patriots are rumored to be seeking a trade for Mitchell, though he probably wouldn't fetch anything more than a late-round pick. There is some potential for a significant role if he sticks with the team and gets healthy, as Julian Edelman's four-game suspension means that Chris Hogan is the only New England wideout assured of a Week 1 starting job.
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