Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign USF Product Carlton Mitchell to Boost WR Depth

May 22, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (18) during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

After the sudden retirement of Steve Smith during organized team activities, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik decided to stoke the fires of competition at the back end of the receiving corps by signing free agent wide out Carlton Mitchell. As many fans in Tampa know, Mitchell spent his college days at the University of South Florida.

At USF, Mitchell recorded 105 receptions for 1,648 yards and nine touchdowns over three seasons. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Browns. The time Mitchell spent in Cleveland was unproductive to say the least with only three career receptions in 16 games.

An uphill battle awaits Mitchell as the Bucs have already brought in former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to compete with Tiquan Underwood for the slot position.

Mitchell was set to be reunited with former college teammate Evan Landi who was also participating in OTAs at One Buc Place until he was waived on Tuesday. USF alumni George Selvie and Lindsay Lamar had short stints with the Buccaneers as well this offseason, before Selvie was released and Lamar signed a contract with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

Check out some of Mitchell’s college highlights here.


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