Riders release Canadian DB Elie Bouka to pursue NFL opportunities

Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka has been released by the Riders to pursue NFL options.

Bouka signed with Saskatchewan and played four games in 2017 making three special teams tackles.

Saskatchewan drafted the 25-year-old in the third-round, 24th overall in the 2016 CFL draft.

Bouka was initially signed by Arizona as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2016, even though he was on the mend from a torn Achilles which kept him from playing in his final year at the University of Calgary. That’s the only reason why he slid down the CFL draft board.

A hamstring setback landed the cover man on injured reserve for the entire NFL season last year with the Cardinals, he made a full salary. Arizona released Bouka with an injury settlement early in 2017 training camp after he suffered an ankle setback.

 The ultra-athletic defender is fully healthy now. He worked out for three NFL teams, the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants recently.

Bouka possesses special traits and should be able to start soon for the Riders at defensive back.


3 Comments on Riders release Canadian DB Elie Bouka to pursue NFL opportunities

  1. I think going to the NFL again now is a mistake for him. At this point he needs playing time, and the place for him to get it would be with the Riders. He’s in danger of becoming a workout wonder who hasn’t played actual football in years.

    • Footballnut // January 4, 2018 at 11:28 am //

      I agree… the kid got hooked on the big pay checks but doesn’t seeem to be good enough to even be a practice roster guy

  2. The 13th Rider // January 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm //

    It’s too bad, I would have liked to see him play more, his combine was off the charts, and I agree, the NFL money is hard to turn down, if only if he could see LONG TERM, talk to Gainey and I am sure he will be convinced to stay?

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