Mitch Unrein
Unrein with the Denver Broncos in 2011
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-25) March 25, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Eaton, Colorado
Career information
College: Wyoming
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2010)*
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable Mention All-Mountain West (2007–2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     126
Sacks     4.5
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     1
Interceptions     0
Total touchdowns     1

Mitch Unrein (born March 25, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Wyoming.

Professional careerEdit

Denver BroncosEdit

In a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 2, 2012, Unrein lined up for the first time as at the fullback position. He then proceeded to catch his first career touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning.[1][2]

On April 11, 2013, Unrein signed a one-year, $630,000 tender.[3]

The Broncos placed a one-year $1.431 million tender on Unrein on March 7, 2014.[4]

San Diego ChargersEdit

Unrein signed with the San Diego Chargers on March 19, 2015.[5]

On September 24, 2015, the San Diego Chargers reinforced the tight end position, bringing back Kyle Miller nine days after he was waived on September 15. To make room, the team released Unrein.

Chicago Bears Edit

File:Mitch Unrein 2016.jpg

Unrein was signed by the Chicago Bears on September 25, 2015. On November 9, 2015, he lined up at fullback against the San Diego Chargers. This was the first of many times he was used like this by the Bears. He ended the 2015 season with 32 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, and a sack.[6]

On March 12, 2016, Unrein was re-signed by the Bears to a two-year contract.[7]

In 2017, Unrein started eight out of 12 games played, recording a career-high 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017.[8]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edit

On March 16, 2018, Unrein signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[9][10] He was placed on injured reserve on September 3, 2018 with a concussion.[11]

On March 13, 2019, Unrein was released by the Buccaneers.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Unrein is married to Olympic bronze-medalist trapshooter Corey Cogdell.[13]

He has five siblings.[14] His older brothers Mark[15] and Mike,[16] both played college football for the University of Northern Colorado Bears. His older sister Nicole, who also went to UNC, is a three-time All-American swimmer[17] and still holds one of the top-10 records for the 100 meter backstroke in UNC history.[18] He is also distant cousins with former NFL defensive end Terry Unrein, who was selected in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.[19]


  1. "Mitch Unrein scores improbable TD in Broncos lineup switcheroo". December 2, 2012.
  2. "Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws TD to defensive lineman".
  3. "Mitch Unrein signs Broncos tender". April 11, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  4. Legwold, Jeff (March 7, 2014). "Broncos tender Harris Jr., Unrein". Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  5. "Chargers Sign Versatile DL Mitch Unrein". March 18, 2015.
  6. Mayer, Larry (February 9, 2016). "Focusing on Bears defensive line". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  7. Jahns, Adam (March 12, 2016). "Bears to re-sign defensive lineman Mitch Unrein". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  8. Mayer, Larry (December 5, 2017). "Bears put veterans Long, Unrein on IR".
  9. Stroud, Rick (March 14, 2018). "Bucs agree to terms with Bears defensive lineman Mitch Unrein". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  10. Smith, Scott (March 16, 2018). "Bucs Add Mitch Unrein to D-Line".
  11. Smith, Scott (September 3, 2018). "Bucs Place Mitch Unrein on IR, Re-Sign Garrison Sanborn".
  12. Smith, Scott (March 13, 2019). "Bucs Release Mitch Unrein".
  13. Bates, Greg (January 31, 2014). "Olympians Take Time Out For Super Bowl". Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  14. Jones, Lindsay (November 6, 2011). "Eaton's own Mitch Unrein feels at home with Broncos". Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  15. "UNC Bears bio - Mark Unrein". Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  16. "UNC Bears bio - Mike Unrein". Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  17. "UNC All-Americans". Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  18. "UNC SWIMMING & DIVING TOP 10 ATHLETES". Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  19. Klis, Mike (October 7, 2012). "Klis: Mitch Unrein's jersey is big seller in Denver thanks to family". Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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