Ex-Eagle gets a look

Former NFL receiver Freddie Mitchell surely is at no loss for words dealing with the media...

Former NFL receiver Freddie Mitchell surely is at no loss for words dealing with the media yesterday at Varsity Stadium. (Sun Media/Alex Urosevic)

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

When last seen - and more significantly heard -- Freddie Mitchell was extracting a cleated foot from his motorized mouth following Super Bowl XXXIX.

The Philadelphia Eagles receiver had called out the New England Patriots secondary and most specifically its stud safety, Rodney Harrison. Mitchell and the Eagles paid the price with an underwhelming performance in a 24-21 loss.

In the two years since, the former first-round pick hasn't played a pro game, though he is hoping to change that soon.

Mitchell's mouth, not to mention his feet and hands, were in fine form yesterday during a workout for Argos coaches under the new bubble at Varsity Stadium.

"Right now it's an image thing, not an ability thing," the personable Mitchell said after an hour of hauling in passes from another former NFLer, quarterback Mike McMahon, who also was getting a look-see from the Boatmen.

"I've got to clean up a lot of stuff. It's a humbling situation. It's not re-vamping my image. It's knowing that you can't boil the ocean. You just have to let it go."

Mitchell didn't boil the ocean when he was with the Eagles but he sure boiled the blood of the Patriots.

After being held to just one catch while Harrison had a pair of interceptions, his days in Philly were as good as done.

After attending training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005, Mitchell disappeared from the game.

But at age 28, the UCLA product feels he has some unfinished business with the game, and if it takes three-down football to kick-start it, Mitchell is fine with that.

"I'm weighing all my options, but I would love to play here," said Mitchell, who had five touchdown catches in four NFL seasons. "If you have an offensive co-ordinator that really wants to feed you the ball, the sky's the limit."

Mitchell certainly seemed comfortable with his surroundings yesterday. He poked fun at coach Mike Clemons' tie, checked out the figure skaters at Varsity Arena and made sure his presence was known.

"The talking was consistent," Clemons said. "He has a great enthusiasm. You envision him being a great team guy."

Should he make the team, Mitchell could make an electrifying partner for Arland Bruce III. Argos vice-president Adam Rita has made it clear there will be an emphasis on improving the offensive personnel.

The team signed former Denver Bronco Todd Devoe after being dazzled by a similar workout on Monday and took a strong look at another ex-NFLer yesterday, Eugene Baker.

In McMahon, a former backup with the Detroit Lions, Rita feels he has a guy who could compete for the starting job. Who McMahon is up against, should he sign, is still up for debate, however.

Incumbent Damon Allen is two days away from being a free agent, though negotiations continue. And the team still hopes to have last season's backup, Michael Bishop, in camp.


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