Henoc Muamba was cut by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday afternoon. Due to an off-season bonus on February 15, Muamba’s release was strictly a financial decision. Coming off a strong season — and not yet 29 — the middle linebacker will be in demand.
Here are five potential landing spots for the former first overall pick.
The middle linebacker position is currently vacant in Toronto with Bear Woods testing free agency. Muamba would be a nice fit for a team that could use some extra ratio flexibility on the defensive side of the football. The fact that Muamba was raised in Mississauga could help make the Argos an attractive option.
Like Toronto, Ottawa’s incumbent starting middle linebacker — in this case, Taylor Reed — is currently testing free agency. The Redblacks were in on Muamba when he returned from his first NFL stint in Indianapolis and he’d be a great ratio fit for a team that just lost starting defensive tackle Zack Evans to Saskatchewan.
Solomon Elimimian isn’t going anywhere, but the Lions could consider deploying Muamba at weak-side linebacker. Micah Awe departed for the NFL in January and the Leos are currently without an obvious successor. B.C. also added Henoc’s brother, Cauchy, in free agency; the brothers played together in Winnipeg in 2013 and a reunion on the west coast could be desirable.
This is a long shot, but the Stamps are in need of national depth behind phenom Alex Singleton. Muamba would need to be willing to take a serious pay-cut (as well as a reduced role) to consider signing in Calgary, but no team provides Muamba with a better shot to win his first Grey Cup.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers drafted Muamba back in 2011 and went to great lengths to try to re-sign him prior to his departure for the NFL in February of 2014. The Bombers can’t have much remaining cap space and the club appears to be moving away from starting a national at middle linebacker. Still, if Muamba’s interested in a return to Winnipeg, I have little doubt the Bombers will listen.