Regina native Jeremy Zver declines Lions PR offer, signs with Riders

Saskatchewan has nabbed offensive lineman Jeremy Zver after he declined a practice roster spot with B.C.

Zver was a second round, 16th overall pick in the 2017 CFL draft by the Lions. After spending the first week of the season on B.C.’s injured list, the Leos wanted to send Zver down to their practice roster, but he declined which made him a free agent. The Riders, who had Zver ranked just behind their own second round pick Dariusz Bladek, jumped at the chance to sign a local product with great athleticism for his size – dual-sport athlete at the University of Regina – to a three-year contract.

“It’s annoying because you draft a prospect and they need to be developed over a couple years, but you can’t even let the kid reach his potential because he’ll get poached,” a CFL scout says.

Last June a similar situation played out with offensive lineman Dillon Guy and defensive lineman Ese Mrabure turning down practice roster offers from B.C. and making their way to the prairies.

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