The Toronto Argonauts announced on Monday that the club had released import defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell.
The 28-year-old East Carolina product spent the last season with the Argos after having spent the previous three with the B.C. Lions. In his four CFL seasons, Mitchell is a two-time CFL All-Star, including last season, and won the Grey Cup with the Lions in 2011.
Upon his trade to the Argos prior to last season, Mitchell was said to be unhappy with the move and was planning not to report to the team.
"Khalif just wants a fresh start and wants to play his final season in the CFL," said Guy Gillingham, Mitchell's advisor, at the time.
Mitchell eventually did report and he told TSN's Farhan Lalji that part of the agreement to join the club hinged on GM Jim Barker promising to release him after the season to look for NFL options. Last season with the Argos, Mitchell recorded 32 tackles and five sacks.
He also told Lalji that he has been approached by NFL clubs for workouts and believes that his situation will become clearer in the next 48 hours when NFL free agency opens.
Prior to signing with the Lions, Mitchell spent two seasons on the practice roster of the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.