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.