Riders grab two Canadians from B.C. Lions who declined practice roster spots

Defensive lineman Ese Mrabure-Ajufo and offensive lineman Dillon Guy are headed to Saskatchewan, per CFL sources.

The pair of Canadians were offered practice roster spots by B.C. but both declined, which allowed the Riders to add them to their active roster.

Mrabure-Ajufo, a 2015 first-round pick, played in five games and was on injured reserve for 13 games last season.

A 2016 fourth-round selection, Guy, is coming off a 2015 campaign that was cut short by a torn ACL while playing for the University of Buffalo. The six-foot-four, 308-pounder was full go for training camp. Saskatchewan brought Guy in for a pre-draft workout.

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7 Comments on Riders grab two Canadians from B.C. Lions who declined practice roster spots

  1. Christopher Evans // June 19, 2016 at 8:27 pm //

    If they declined BC’s PR, would they not be free-agents?!?! Headline is very misleading!

  2. Ned Donaldson // June 20, 2016 at 12:26 am //

    Not misleading. If they were FS they could sign with any team. There must be some time between being placed on the PR and being released completely.

  3. rick cowan // June 20, 2016 at 4:37 am //

    riders are going to have more nationals on the rooster than internationals I think there my be a trade brewing for a quarterback

  4. Riders are in deep trouble this year. Especially if Durant is in any way injured.

  5. If the player declines a PR spot, then they go on waivers. The waiver priority is the same as the draft order (Riders first, Esks last). If a team claims the player, then they assume whatever contract they have.

    If no one claims, then they get released and can sign with any team for any price.

  6. Milhouse // June 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm //

    Not happy the Leos lost these young players but it is what it is with how things currently operate.
    I know the CFL has to watch costs but IMO, they need to expand the non-active roster to allow for teams to retain players for development. I suppose you can somewhat argue that’s what the PR is for but you also have situations where teams hide players on the IR.

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