VP of football ops John Murphy, Saskatchewan Roughriders “part ways”

Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant vice-president of football operations and player personnel John Murphy is leaving the team after three seasons according to his Twitter.

Murphy, along with fellow front office staffers Jeremy O’Day and Mike Davis, agreed to two-year extensions last December so the departure comes as something of a surprise. Murphy joined the club before the 2016 season, coming over from the Calgary Stampeders when Chris Jones took over as head coach and general manager.

But with the CFL’s new football operations salary cap coming online this season – the league still hasn’t released details of how it’s going to work – there’s certainly going to be speculation that Murphy is one of the first high-profile casualties.

The team has now issued a release on Murphy’s departure, saying he and the club have agreed to “part ways.”

“On behalf of the Rider organization, I want to thank John for his three years of hard work and leadership with our football club,” said Riders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones. “He is one of football’s top personnel men and was a big contributor to our success. He will remain a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best.”

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