According to a tweet by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns traded a late-round pick in 2012 to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for defensive end Jayme Mitchell. Let's take a look at some background information on the newest member of the Browns.
Mitchell (6-6, 285 lbs), who played college football at Mississippi, went undrafted during the 2006 campaign. The Vikings signed him as an undrafted free agent that year, and he has seen limited action every year since. Here are his year-by-year stats:
2006: 9 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble (13 games)
2007: 8 tackles, 1 sack (10 games)
2008: Placed on injured reserve (knee) during the preseason
2009: 3 tackles (4 games)
2010: 1 tackle, 1 sack (2 games)
Here's what Daily Norseman, our Minnesota Vikings affiliate, had to say about Mitchell:
"I wish we could have gotten something more for Mitchell, but it is what it is. Better than letting someone that talented walk away without any compensation at all."
At least they didn't say, "pfft, how'd we get anything for this guy?" I didn't think the Browns were particularly hurt at the defensive line position, so this must be a player the scouting department had their eye on for whatever reason. Hopefully he ends up panning out like some of the other "bargains" the team has gotten (i.e. Matt Roth, Evan Moore).
There's no word on who the team waived to make room for Mitchell. If I had to guess, I would say Derreck Robinson.