June 5, 2002

Mitchell Visits Texans

Ex-Saints outside linebacker Keith Mitchell made his first of many expected stops to prospective teams only a day after being released from the Saints. The Houston Texans hosted Mitchell on Wednesday.

Mitchell, who played college football at nearby Texas A&M, excites the Texans because of his pass rush skills and his ability to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

"I see a lot of Aggies on the roster so I'm kind of excited about that. This is my old stomping ground," remarked Mitchell to HoustonTexans.com.

Mitchell was disgruntled with the Saints after a season that saw his role on the defense diminish in favor of Charlie Clemons. Mitchell made the Pro Bowl in 2000 after being the defense's featured pass-rushing linebacker, earning the honors with 60 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns. But he played poorly in 2002 after becoming upset with his role on the team. Mitchell collected only two sacks in 2001 and was benched in the season finale.

Mitchell is also expected to talk with another 3-4 team, Atlanta, and also with Detroit, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.

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