With bonus looming, Riders release LB Henoc Muamba

After a number of high-profile personnel moves, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have cut Canadian linebacker Henoc Muamba, per sources.

The 28-year-old was due a $35,000 payment on Feb. 15.

As part of the final season of a three-year deal signed at the tail end of 2016, Muamba was paid $35,000 in January.

The Riders were also shopping Muamba on the trade market, according to sources.

Last season, Muamba had his best year since the CFL all-star campaign he put together in 2013. The 28-year-old played in 17 games making 82 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions to earn the Riders Most Outstanding Canadian award.

Muamba has played in 73 career games since Winnipeg selected him No. 1 overall in the 2011 CFL Draft. He has recorded 267 tackles, 74 special teams tackles, 11 forced fumbles, six sacks, four interceptions and one touchdown.

On Tuesday, Saskatchewan signed Canadian linebacker Sam Hurl who started 18 games for Winnipeg in 2018 giving the team another national option on defence.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.