FredEx Works Out for the Ravens

(Philadelphia, Pa) — I don’t know if you heard, but there was a sighting of free agent receiver Freddie “FredEx” Mitchell in Baltimore yesterday.  Apparently after not playing in the NFL since 2004 and failed tryouts with the Chiefs and Cowboys, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who is FredEx’s buddy from their days in Philly, answered his call for a tryout.

I am sure if the workout amounted to Mitchell catching passes from a ballboy, but maybe the former 2001 first-round bust can make it as a 5th receiver and special teams player.  Anything will be better for the out of work former NFL party boy than watching on Sundays as his loudmouth four-year NFL career produced a measely 90 catches for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns. 

Of course Mitchell will always live in Philadelphia Eagles lore for making the miraculous catch that converted the infamous fourth-and-26 versus the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs circa January of 2004.  But even in making that play, Mitchell stuck his foot in his mouth by saying, “I would like to Thank my hands for making me so great”.

My take is that Mitchell is getting a look by a coach/friend with the slight chance he could contribute on special teams.  If Mitchell was really committed to playing football again, his best chance would probably be in the Arena Football League, if they want him.  But we all know there is a better chance of seeing him hanging out in his fur coat with Howard Eskin or partying with girls down in Avalon, NJ than playing in the NFL.


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