Canadian defensive lineman Cleyon Laing is going to sign with the Ottawa Redblacks, per CFL sources.
Laing was released from the Dolphins practice squad on Monday, October 31 after spending eight weeks in Miami – that made him a free agent. The 25-year-old played in four NFL pre-season games recording seven total tackles and one sack.
Cleyon Laing with the SACK. pic.twitter.com/78KjTtZkVx
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 2, 2016
The Edmonton, Alberta native was selected in the first round, ninth overall by the Argos in 2012. He played three seasons for Toronto making 72 tackles, 16 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Laing earned East Division All-Star honours in 2015 after a 41-tackle, nine-sack campaign. That strong season got the attention of NFL teams and agent Jonathon Hardaway scheduled workouts with the Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Titans, Redskins, Chargers and Saints.
Laing is eligible to play in the CFL this season because he never signed a 2016 contract in the three-down league. He’s on his way to Ottawa and set to put pen to paper on a deal that will pay a $25,000 signing bonus and see him be released whenever the Redblacks season ends so he can look at NFL options. The six-foot-three, 280-pounder is an impactful Canadian starter who upgrades the defensive line regardless of passport.