Numbers game for Mookie

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Will this be the end of the line for Mookie Mitchell in an Edmonton Eskimo uniform?

Or will this just be another normal day in Green and Gold for the aging but still talented receiver?

As of late yesterday, Mitchell didn't know his future status with the Eskimos.

Competing with fellow imports T.J. Acree and Fred Stamps in training camp, there is likely room for just two on the active roster.

Head coach Danny Maciocia could make that decision today when he declares his 46-man roster.

Or he could somehow pull a fancy numbers trick and keep all three on full salary.

A decorated 11-year CFL veteran, Mitchell admits to playing the speculation game on his future in his own mind.

"This is something that all camp I have just been speculating about when I was at home," said the classy slotback.

"If you play this game long enough and you speak to guys who have been in this game and left this game, you know eventually this type of stuff will eventually happen down the road."

At age 35, Mitchell believes he still has the tools to be good in this game.

"I am still having fun. The game is still fun to me. And football is still in my blood," he remarked.

A three-time CFL all-star, Mitchell has put up great numbers through the years. He's a six-time 1,000-yard receiver between Toronto and Edmonton.

He left the Argos as the team's second leading receiver in history.

But Stamps is 25. Acree is 24. Both are faster and both offer more upside down the road.

If Mitchell is released today, he isn't guaranteeing retirement.

"I would just have to take some days off - and see what is best for us as a family," he said.


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