Riders release four players

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that four players have been released, internationals quarterback Mitchell Gale and running back Curtis Steele and nationals receiver Shamawd Chambers and defensive lineman Dylan Ainsworth.

All were pending free agents.

Gale played in nine games completing 79 of 137 passes for 950 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Riders in 2016. The 27-year-old quarterback was acquired in a trade that sent defensive lineman Shawn Lemon to Toronto. He guided Saskatchewan to their first win of the 2016 season in Week 5, his first career CFL start. Gale threw for 354 yards and one touchdown in that 30-29 victory over Ottawa.

Steele signed with the green and white during free agency last year. He played in seven games rushing 54 times for 314 yards, but missed 11 games with injury trouble.

After being named Most Valuable Canadian in the 2015 Grey Cup triumph with Edmonton, Chambers followed Chris Jones to Riderville, inking a free agent pact in 2016. He suited up for 14 games making 25 catches for 269 yards and one touchdown.

Meanwhile, Ainsworth suffered a season-ending injury in training camp and missed the entire 2016 campaign. The Western University product was drafted in the second round, eleventh overall by Saskatchewan in 2014.