Kienan LaFrance cut as Riders dodge off-season bonus

Saskatchewan parted ways with Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance to avoid paying a $20,000 bonus due Feb. 1, per sources.

He was formally released late on Jan. 31.

LaFrance signed a two-year contract shortly after hitting the free agent market last February, a deal that paid him around $110,000 per and set to expire at the end of the 2018 season. He cashed in off a strong post-season in 2016 when Ottawa won the Grey Cup and LaFrance amassed 199 rushing yards and one touchdown on 36 carries while adding six grabs for 31 yards during the Redblacks’ championship run.

The 26-year-old played in 13 games for the Riders carrying the ball 68 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns adding 14 catches for 123 yards and one major.

He was originally drafted in the sixth-round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL draft by the Ottawa. LaFrance played two seasons for the Redblacks rushing 43 times for 180 yards plus 14 receptions for 77 yards.

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24 Comments on Kienan LaFrance cut as Riders dodge off-season bonus

  1. I guess now that they have ‘dodged’ the bonus, they can resign him. Silly games

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // February 1, 2018 at 5:58 pm //

      Technically they could but not until after free agency opens or else they would still owe the bonus money.

  2. Come home. Sign with the Bombers.

    • Paul Bomber // February 2, 2018 at 9:42 am //

      Oh yeah! Would look great pushing Harris for that Canadian RB starting spot! And maybe taking over in a year or two. (after last year, obviously there is nothing wrong w/Harris, but the guy is 30 and plays running back… this isn’t going to last much longer)

  3. OldBaldGuy // February 1, 2018 at 5:21 pm //

    As per other comments on other stories like this…why on earth sign for a Feb bonus when the chances of getting cut are about…hmmm…100%? CFLPA might have some more ammo come negotiation time….

    • BigRedMachine // February 1, 2018 at 5:28 pm //

      Agents do this on purpose. Better to get cut now than during training camp when teams already have their budgets set. He is now free to make a deal with any team before all the other FAs hot the market.

    • If he had played better there would be zero chance of being cut. He didn’t have a good year and obviously didn’t deserve the bonus.

  4. LaFrance just never lived up to his Ottawa success.
    His worth went up after his playoff run and Grey Cup with Ottawa. The Riders grabbed him thinking he could be another Messam.
    But it is kind of “Bush League” the way teams are treating players.

    • True green // February 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm //

      I don’t think the Riders ever saw him as another Messam from a performance standpoint. Canadian RB with GC Championship experience, youth and athleticism all looked pretty good but he didn’t perform very well.

  5. Hope LaFrance ends up in Toronto to win the job Wilder does not want. With starter playing time and the guys up front doing their jobs this guy has the potential to be a top tier running back just like Andrew Harris is with the Bombers.

  6. Bleedgreen // February 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm //

    Bombers can have him he’s a bum

    • Paul Bomber // February 2, 2018 at 9:47 am //

      Maybe, but you gotta admit, your statement is pretty cocky considering you just signed a supposed starting QB who, if he loses her next game, will set a CFL record (@ 13) straight losses as starter.

      • Paul Bomber // February 2, 2018 at 9:48 am //

        HIS next game… sorry… typo/no shot intended! :^)

      • True green // February 4, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

        Adversity is an opportunity to get stronger. A fresh start in green may be just what Collaros needs. I happen to like stories like that. I’ve come back from the cellar to own the company that fired me 10 years ago. The adversity I experienced made me stronger.

  7. Well that’s what happens when you overpay for certain players… the Collaros signing is going to come back to bite them in more ways than one.

    • Paul Bomber // February 2, 2018 at 11:15 am //

      That is my #1 non-Bomber related football question for 2018. Collaros was top 2 (#1?) when he was at his best. And it wasn’t just the odd game either. I’m not convinced all that is gone. I wonder about the Austin/Collaros relationship. But 12 games in a row… yikes!

  8. Rick cowan // February 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

    This gives the Riders more money to sign a good free agent

  9. brian johnson // February 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm //

    I real don’t get it Jones normally over spends cap and pays bonus under the table. Some thing is UP!

  10. Provemewrong // February 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm //

    Jones and the sliders are banking $$$ to sign Johnny $$$. Book IT!!!

  11. Ivan Diablo // February 2, 2018 at 4:55 am //

    time for agents to negotiate bonuses for their clients before end of contract

    • Lafrance was under contract tot he Riders for the 2018 season as well, the contract was not guaranteed so the Riders saved the supposed 100k for 2018 season /plus the 2017 20k bonus , so a basic good move by the club if they felt Lafrance under preformed , on would assume that they now will resign Morris ( who was quite good) and have Agustine on the 2018 roster-suprizingly we might have gotten better and more athletic at cdn running back via subtraction , no offence to Lafrance. Riders also have to resign Spencer Moore , the guy is a stud in his role !!! very under rated.

  12. This kind of nickel and dime approach coupled with the Commish’s comment about off season jobs on he loading dock will certainly go a long way to establishing the CFL’s major league image?

    All those of you counting out the XFL 2.0…..keep laughing…..stuff like this may be just the opening a new spring league needs. Not to mention the inherent financial advantages of being US based.

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