Riders cut receiver and returner Chad Owens

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have cut Chad Owens, per sources.

Owens signed with the Riders before the 2017 CFL season and played three games catching 17 balls for 225 yards and one touchdown after fighting through a foot injury last season. The 36-year-old, nine-year veteran can be productive when healthy.

He left practice with an injury on June 1.

Owens has two Grey Cup championships on his resume. He can provide play-making ability as a receiver and returner. The 36-year-old has played eight seasons in the CFL, the five of those with the Argos. His career numbers are Hall-of-Fame worthy, including a 2012 season that saw him set a league record for all-purpose yards and earn the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award.

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29 Comments on Riders cut receiver and returner Chad Owens

  1. That’s shi**y news. Loved having his spark on our team. Great community guy too

    • Puck hog // June 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

      Yes, Chad was an upbeat, team player. The short time he played at the end of last year really sparked his teammates. I wish him all the best!

    • Never know Yup. Owens and Bagg are the type of guys that probably will stay in good shape for the remainder of this season , perhaps expecting a call if a team Jus has injury problems. I am fairly certain both those fellows , Bakari included would come back to the Riders if needed and paid. Currently both Bagg and Owens are hurt as well, perhaps not hurt enough to be on the 6 game etc. Could depend also onhow the riders start the year with the new guys and how that goes if we see Bagg or Ownes again. Just pondering , not saying it would actually happen.

  2. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

    This is starting to sound like a team that knows it’s up against the CAP

    • Puck hog // June 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm //

      Just like the other eight teams, Red? Time for you to shut up, before you start sounding like an imbecile again.

      • Ridersrule // June 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

        Again or still?

      • CFLFIRST // June 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm //

        This is sounding like the Riders are up against the Cap. We’re paying 430K to Collaros and Bridge isn’t making chump change either. Something has to give. There was nothing wrong with Red’s comment.

        • I agree. The “imbecile” would be the bully here, telling someone they should shut up? How courageous Makes one wonder how they got past the “spambot” question

  3. Scottsask // June 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm //

    Thank you Chad, you showed the young guys how a pro goes about his business. Best of luck in your future.

  4. MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm //

    Commented a couple weeks ago I won’t be surprised if he is cut. 35/36 years old. Injured often lately as well and don’t need him as a return guy. Young guys seem to have made an impression. Riders cutting some salaries today. Owens must have been in the 130k range too.

  5. likeitlikethat // June 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm //

    Owens is a guy no matter who he plays for is fun to watch. Hope it’s not a serious injury and can land with another team and have himself a good season.

  6. MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    3down doing a good job. Still no updates on Riderville. Who’s our next cut 3down? Letting us know 1 at a time.

  7. Liked Owens as a Ticat – classy player and character guy but time catches up with everyone – especially in a physical game like football – so can’t say that this release is all that surprising.

  8. Owens is injured so I wonder if we’ll be bringing him back and putting him on the 6 game list.

  9. Ari Katz // June 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm //

    It’s called signing Zach Collaros to a ridiculously priced contract that makes it noly difficult to stay within te salary cap but also that deprives the Riders of good talent in other areas. Would not be the least bit surprised to see Chris Jones unload the Collaros burden on the team’s salary cap.

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 4:11 pm //

      I was thinking that myself. If he played like he did last night, how can you keep him?

    • QBs with CFL experience are hard to find.
      But you need to protect QBs in the CFL.
      Import receivers are easy to find – Bakari Grant, Owens, Bagg can all be replaced.
      They will likely go with an “all-import” receiving corps.

  10. Doug Mc Clintock // June 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm //

    I loved the way he caught the football, with one hand sometimes ! He had great years with the Argos ! But injuries and age are getting the best of him.

    He was a class act for sure ! Wish him the best.

  11. Feeling Blue // June 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm //

    Come back to the Argos

  12. Lindsay Wilcox // June 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm //

    Bagg is a Canadian and will be hard-to-replace; Jeff – I get where you’re coming from – they almost certainly will have to use a I spot for a replacement.

  13. Rider4life // June 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm //

    Both Chad and Bagg are hurt and age is a factor.but letting Grant go a bad decision but also bond and Daniels ate let get to no surprise on these 2

  14. Thank you, Chad! A true class act & consumate professional.

    We enjoyed you the short time you were here & we’re sorry to see you go. There’s a lot of Love for you in Ridernation & we wish you all the best in the future.

  15. Sometimes the heart is willing…but the body is not. Good luck dude.

  16. Riders4last // June 10, 2018 at 10:13 am //

    What is funny here is that bagg has been paid 35,000 of his salary already this year and with the signing bonus given to bond of 30,000 that counts for 65,000 against this years cap and riders fans were laughing at the bombers 70,000 against the cap for Darian ,see riders fans what goes around comes around lol,lol,lol.

    • Riders4Last – Take a look at the other teams & tally up their upfront money lost before you comment on the Riders. … Bond was a 70/30 prospect that had potential based on his size but failed in his performance.

      I would think that Bagg’s 9 years playing time with the Riders was the reason he was rewarded with the 35k and which is a far cry from some of the other upfront money given out to other previously signed players who retired (ran) after getting Rider & other teams buck$ .

      Bagg & Owens both had great camps taking more reps than anyone else. Yes, they were getting long in the tooth but if they remained healthy it’s possible they (especially, Bagg) would have been given options for a way to lessen his role, kept around for insurance & take a pay cut. I, also think that this is not only cap management but perhaps also a small move into younger developement players. Either way we’ll see how this now plays out a few games in the future.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bagg remain with the Riders in some other capacity to be named later. Go Riders!

  17. chad owens is currently injured, so by releasing him now, nobody is going to pick him up because they would have to add him to the active roster.so wait till he heals up and i wouldn,t be surprised to see him back with the riders.this is another way around roster manipulations these days.

  18. June Jones his coach at Hawaii
    Will pick him up for the,

  19. Tiger man // June 12, 2018 at 9:35 am //

    Chad played great in Hamilton. He did have injury problems, though.

    Should he come back to Hamilton, that could be fun. AGAIN.

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