The Redskins could release Mitchell or trade him. Either move he would probably welcome, giving him a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Thing is, Mitchell is an inexpensive ($712,500 against the cap this season) and experienced backup. Plus he's a strong special teamer.
But that's not the role he wants.
''It bothers me every day but I can't control it,'' Mitchell said of his situation. ''It gnaws at me every day and it's hard to be out there, but you have to suck it up. I honestly think if I had been on a different team I wouldn't be in this situation. I felt I played well, but I can't control what happens on the other side of the building.''
Mitchell joined the Redskins two years ago, saying then-coach Norv Turner promised him a shot at the starting job. Instead, Turner declared any competition over early in training camp, giving the position to incumbent Derek Smith.
''I hope a door opens up for me that I have an opportunity to play,'' said Mitchell, who stayed after practice to run more sprints. ''It's frustrating to sit and have your job taken for no apparent reason. But I can't do anything about it. I just want to go out and keep working. You never know what can happen and you don't want anyone to say anything bad about you.''