The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of veteran wide receiver Carlton Mitchell earlier today. In order to make room for Mitchell, the Falcons cut undrafted wide out Shane Wynn. Mitchell is a former Cleveland Browns player that has been out of the NFL for a bit, spending the past two seasons playing in the Canadian Football League. Mitchell had been trying out for the team during their three-day minicamp this week, which the Falcons wrapped today.
Mitchell, 27, is a 6’3″ and 215-pound receiver out of South Florida that was selected by the Browns in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent two years with the Browns, playing a total of 16 games. His only NFL production came in 2011, where he caught three passes for 31 yards. He was cut by the Browns at the end of the 2012 training camp and bounced around the rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys over the next year before winding up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for training camp in 2013.
After the Bucs cut him at the end of camp, Mitchell signed with Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. He caught six passes for 69 yards in his first season north of the border. He was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL’s Expansion Draft in 2014. Last season with the Redblacks, he caught 16 passes for 170 yards while also adding one tackle on special teams. He was cut by Ottawa last October before the end of the CFL season.
Wynn was an undrafted rookie out of Indiana, known mainly for his return skills in college. He served as a team captain alongside Falcons third-round running back Tevin Coleman this past year with the Hoosiers, leading the team with 56 passes for 708 yards and three touchdowns. On 85 career kickoff returns, Wynn averaged 21.8 yards per return with one touchdown. He also returned 20 punts during his Hoosiers career, averaging 8.4 yards per return and also scoring once.