Malcolm Mitchell and the New England Patriots apparently have some issues to work out. The former Pats wide receiver has filed a grievance with the team, according to the Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan.
Though the details of the grievance are unknown, Benzan believes Mitchell argues that the Patriots released him while he was injured on Aug. 6. If he was hurt at the time of his release, the Patriots were supposed to place him on injured reserve. They also could’ve done it after placing him on waivers with an injury designation, but Mitchell was released with no such classification.
Players often file grievances in attempts to accrue their full salary, with the initial amount set at 40 percent. Benzan has Mitchell’s grievance amount at $252,000, with the chance to become his full 2018 salary of $630,000 if he wins. The full amount would count against the Patriots’ salary cap in that case.
There’s no timeline for a hearing, according to Benzan.
Mitchell made 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games as a rookie for the Patriots. Most notably, he made six catches for 70 yards as part of the Patriots’ record comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. He remains a free agent and has not made any reported visits to any other teams.
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