Former CFL receiver Bryant Mitchell has the chance to play with the greatest quarterback of all time: Tom Brady.
“When I got that text: ‘Hey, you guys are getting Tom Brady.’ I said, ‘well man this is really happening. With Tom coming in a lot of guys are excited to play with someone of his calibre — six championships you just don’t beat that,” Mitchell told TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.
“It’s exciting. Definitely the GOAT in my opinion. Somebody that I’ve looked up to and aspired to play with my whole life. What I can learn from him and what I can take from him, that matters to me and my game and how I can improve and how I can help this team by helping him.”
Mitchell re-signed for one-year with Tampa Bay and Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers. Last August, Mitchell made five catches for 32 yards in Tampa Bay’s first pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to suffering a torn left Achilles tendon, which ended his year.
“Coming off an injury it’s very tough to get re-signed. I just got officially cleared — 100 percent go, no limitations,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell had his best CFL season in 2018 playing 11 games recording 60 catches for 867 yards and three touchdowns. Over three seasons in Edmonton, Mitchell made 97 receptions for 1,418 yards and six touchdowns.
“Just bringing my versatility to the team and my blocking ability, also just being a special teams dog,” Mitchell said.
“I’m not afraid to get in there and make plays on special teams and I would love to show that I’m here to be that utility belt that the team may need.”