The Browns have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with defensive end Jayme Mitchell, Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Weekly reported this evening. A league source has confirmed the move for the Beacon Journal.
Last season, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert traded a late-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for Mitchell. Although Mitchell did not play last season, Heckert has repeatedly expressed interested in re-signing him because he's best suited for the 4-3 defense that the Browns are installing.
The 6-6, 285-pound Mitchell told Wilkening that he expects to play left defensive end for the Browns. That's not surprising because it would allow rookie second-round pick Jabaal Sheard to start at right defensive end, a spot typically reserved for smaller pass rushers in a 4-3 scheme.
Mitchell, 27, has played in 29 games in his five-year career, but he has never started. He has compiled 29 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble.