Jets general manager Kevin O’Donnell said Sunday that Mitchell has the ability to be an “A” level NFL player.
Mitchell has the potential to be the Jets’ No. 1 tight end for years to come, O’Brien said.
O’Connor said the Jets hope to have Mitchell on the field for at least five games in 2018.
The Jets are expected to be active in free agency this offseason.
Mitchell has three years remaining on his contract.
O’Donnell has been reluctant to say Mitchell has a “proper” number of receptions in the NFL, but the Jets have plenty of tight ends and they might be able to get a deal done if they sign Mitchell.
Connor said it’s not as if Mitchell is a lock to be on the Jets for the entire season.
O-Line coach Mike Mularkey also has Mitchell on his radar, but O’Leary said Mitchell is the better fit.