Redblacks release DL Cleyon Laing to pursue NFL opportunities

The Redblacks have released Canadian defensive tackle Cleyon Laing, per CFL sources.

Laing was signed on Nov. 2 as the team prepared to make its stretch run, playing in one regular season game, the East Final and the Grey Cup game Ottawa defeated the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 in overtime.

The deal included a $25,000 signing bonus and an agreement he’d be released after CFL season to explore NFL options.

The six-foot-three, 280-pound Edmonton native was released from the Dolphins practice squad on Oct. 31 after spending eight weeks in Miami. The 25-year-old played in four NFL pre-season games recording seven total tackles and one sack.

Laing was selected in the first round, ninth overall by the Argos in 2012. He played three seasons for Toronto making 72 tackles, 16 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Laing earned East Division All-Star honours in 2015 after a 41-tackle, nine-sack campaign. That strong season got the attention of NFL teams.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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2 Comments on Redblacks release DL Cleyon Laing to pursue NFL opportunities

  1. So, apparently, there is provision for “rent-a-player” in the CFL. Somehow it strikes me as not particularly good that a team can secure a free agent’s services in order to better make a playoff run and then, shortly thereafter, just part ways. My gosh, he was with the team for nary a month -got his ring, good luck to him. Still, though, not quite right.

  2. Terry Baxter // December 10, 2016 at 10:45 am //

    Just another variation on the one year mercenary crap the CFL has become. This is going to come back and bite the CFL in the a**. Sooner rather than later I think. This is no way to keep fans interested nor is it a way to attract new fans.

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