Khalif Mitchell (96) has brought down plenty of CFL QBs, including Tanner Marsh.The Toronto Argonauts have released numerous players this offseason, but many of those moves haven't been about players underperforming, making too much money or not fitting into the team's future plans, reasons typically cited for releases. Instead, most of the Argonauts' releases have been to let players go try the NFL, and that appears to be what's behind their surprising release of defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell Monday. Mitchell has created controversies before with racist tweets, rough on-field play and temporary trade refusals, but a league source told The Canadian Press this release wasn't about any of that, but rather to let him test the NFL waters. If so, that would make him the fourth Argonaut released to try the NFL this offseason, following receiver Dontrelle Inman (who wound up with the Chargers), defensive back Neiko Thorpe (who went to the Raiders) and linebacker Marcus Ball (who hasn't been signed yet). The key questions now are if this move will work out for Mitchell and if this approach will benefit the Argonauts in the long run.Read More »from Argos release all-star DT Khalif Mitchell, reportedly to let him pursue NFL opportunities
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.