Former BYU wide receiver Mitch Mathews has been looking for an NFL home since being released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 30.
He may have found one.
According to his agent Brett Tessler, the rookie Mathews will sign with the Cleveland Browns practice squad. No official word has been released by the team as of Monday night.
Mathews signed a rookie free-agent deal with Kansas City after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft. In three preseason games with the Chiefs, Mathews played 23 total snaps — 14 on offense and nine on special teams — and did not record any receptions or targets. He was released before the team's final preseason game.
Tessler reported on Sept. 30 the Browns were bringing in Mathews for a workout after a previous workout had to be rescheduled.
In the time since he was released by Kansas City, Mathews has been on the sidelines at several BYU football games.
The news wasn't as positive for a couple other NFL locals Monday.
Former Utah linebacker Koa Misi was put on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins. Misi, a starter in Miami, played the first two games of the season before suffering a neck injury against Cleveland in Week 3. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the injury could be career-threatening.
Misi has played all seven of his NFL seasons with the Dolphins and had 22 tackles, including 11 solo, this year before the injury. Miami selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft.
Another former Ute, rookie outside linebacker Jason Fanaika, was released from the Washington Redskins practice squad. Fanaika, who also attended Pleasant Grove High, has spent time on several squads recently. He was waived by the 49ers on Aug. 30 after signing a rookie free-agent deal with the team, then was added to the Raiders practice squad on Sept. 5. He was waived by Oakland on Sept. 13, then added to the Redskins' practice squad on Sept. 19.