Former Rider Jerrell Freeman was facing two-year drug suspension when he retired

Former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jerrell Freeman was facing a two-year suspension for a third failed drug test when he retired from the NFL earlier this month.

The NFL suspended him late last week, less than two weeks after he announced he was stepping away from the game.

Last October, Freeman received a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He was also suspended in 2016.

The 31-year-old spent three seasons in Saskatchewan (2009-2011) and earned CFL all-star status in 2011 after leading the league in tackles with 105. That got him a contract with the Indianapolis Colts where he played four years and then moved on to the Chicago Bears.

Freeman played one game in 2017 then spent the rest of the season on the Bears injured reserve list with a concussion and pectoral injury during the 2017 season. Over six NFL seasons, Freeman has made 598 tackles, defended 20 passes, made 12 sacks and four interceptions while scoring two defensive touchdowns.


15 Comments on Former Rider Jerrell Freeman was facing two-year drug suspension when he retired

  1. Mr.Red2 // May 16, 2018 at 10:08 am //

    Old news but thanks for the rehash.

  2. Mr Red. // May 16, 2018 at 11:59 am //

    This guy is just using his retirement as a way to avoid a drug charge. He was ready to resign with the riders. Jones still wants him.

  3. Too bad for Freeman. He was a cool story when he left the CFL, but had to use drugs to keep up in the demanding NFL. Sh*tty way to end it.

  4. Scottsask // May 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

    Agreed, what a shame. That being said, he’s set for life.

  5. Mr Red. // May 16, 2018 at 5:25 pm //

    4 rider players facing various drug charges this off season.

    • 1 Rider stalker getting more obsessed and crazier by the second this off season. LOCO

  6. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm //

    He’s one of the five ex-CFLers who’ve done just as well, if not better, in the NFL .
    The others are Cameron Wake, Canadian Jon Ryan, Andrew Hawkins and Delvin Breaux.

    I’m not suggesting he should be able to, or he even wants to… but I wonder if he could sign in the CFL?
    So many people made a big fuss about Ricky Williams playing with the Argos for one season abot a decade back. Did they not say they won’tvallow suspended NFL players to play up here anymore. I think so, but I’m not 100% sure.
    Anybody know for sure??

  7. Lolol ya he just suddenly started using in the NFL.. I’m sure he was clean and using only god given talent down in the CFL..


  8. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm //

    Riders puke:
    You might be right. I don’t think that the CFL even had a drug policy in place then.

    Mark Cohon brought in a drug policy that was pretty soft IMO, but at least it was better than nothing.
    Their policy pretty much just screens against PEDs. There is nothing about narcotics at all.
    Well, just go ahead and survey the crowds, Commissioner Ambrosie.
    Should players be allowed to play if they are busted with cocaine, heroin or crystal meth?
    I bet 90% of fans would vote NO.

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