McMaster OL added to Riders negotiation list

McMaster University offensive lineman Chris Adeneye has been put on the Saskatchewan Roughriders negotiation list, per CFL sources.

The 45 name list allows CFL teams to protect players the team has an interest in signing in the future. It is typically the domain of American players currently playing in the NCAA and NFL. The Riders using a spot on their list to protect a Canadian offensive lineman is rare and indicates a strong interest in Adeneye. He’s one of less than half a dozen Canuck players on neg lists across the league at the moment.

Adenye was eligible for the 2016 CFL Draft, held last May, but went unselected. The six-foot-five, 290-pounder was originally added to the Redblacks neg list August 29. Ottawa dropped him this fall and the Riders scooped him up.

At the urging of pro personnel men, Adeneye switched positions to the offensive line for the 2016 USport season. He’s seen as a long, athletic prospect who needs time to develop.

Adeneye played his high school football at Bishop Reding in Milton and originally went to Simon Fraser to begin his university career. He transferred to McMaster for the 2014 campaign.

Adeneye is trying to follow a similar path to current Riders offensive lineman Andrew Jones, a McMaster product, who switched from defensive to offensive line to prolong his football career.

The Marauders travel to Laurier for an OUA semi-final matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on CHCH TV.

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