Saturday, October 2, 2010

Buffalo Bills Release Kawika Mitchell

Trent Edwards isn't the only veteran who was sent packing by the Buffalo Bills this week.

The Bills reached an injury settlement Friday with linebacker Kawika Mitchell, and he is no longer a member of the team.

Mitchell was on the injured reserve list because of a foot injury and could not play this season for the Bills. However, now that he has been released, as soon as he's healthy, he could play for another team.

Mitchell joined the Bills in 2008 as a free agent, one year after winning a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants. He played all of 2008, then saw action in only five games in 2009 because of a quadriceps injury. In 21 games with Buffalo, he had 117 tackles with four sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Once the Bills switched to a 3-4 defense, it seemed as if he was no longer a proper fit. He was an outside 4-3 linebacker, and the team asked him to move inside. He could not beat out Paul Posluszny or Andra Davis for a starting spot in training camp, and then suffered his injury before the start of the regular season. It is believed that he asked the team to release him.

"Going into this year looking at our linebacker corps we looked deep," Posluszny told "We had a lot of guys and unfortunately he gets banged up early and now he's not with us anymore. So it's a tough situation any time it happens, but especially with a guy like him that we all respected."

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