Newly acquired Riders’ OL Matt Sewell wants to play close to home

Saskatchewan dealt disgruntled defensive end Shawn Lemon to Toronto in exchange for quarterback Mitchell Gale and Canadian offensive lineman Matt Sewell on Saturday, but one player might not suit up for his new team.

Sources say Sewell is deciding whether or not to join the Riders because he wants to play close to his hometown of Milton, ON. The 26-year-old told teams at the 2013 CFL Combine that he only wanted to play for Toronto or Hamilton.

After impressing at Titans rookie mini-camp, Sewell earned a contract from the NFL team. Then the Argos used their first-round pick, eighth overall, to grab the six-foot-seven 322-pounder in the 2013 CFL Draft. He asked for his release from Tennessee in order to return to McMaster University and finish a one-year accelerated MBA program. In 2014 Sewell began his career professional football career with Toronto.

“If he did not want to play in Tennessee, he won’t play in Saskatchewan,” one CFL personnel man says. “He wants to be near home and play in the East. He didn’t go the NCAA route for the same reason.”

According to another source, the Argos have been trying to trade Sewell for a while.

“If Toronto is willing to trade a national tackle when they start two, that says a lot,” a CFL talent evaluator says.

Postmedia’s Scott Mitchell is reporting that Sewell may retire rather than play in Saskatchewan.