Kienan LaFrance cut as Riders dodge off-season bonus

Saskatchewan parted ways with Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance to avoid paying a $20,000 bonus due Feb. 1, per sources.

He was formally released late on Jan. 31.

LaFrance signed a two-year contract shortly after hitting the free agent market last February, a deal that paid him around $110,000 per and set to expire at the end of the 2018 season. He cashed in off a strong post-season in 2016 when Ottawa won the Grey Cup and LaFrance amassed 199 rushing yards and one touchdown on 36 carries while adding six grabs for 31 yards during the Redblacks’ championship run.

The 26-year-old played in 13 games for the Riders carrying the ball 68 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns adding 14 catches for 123 yards and one major.

He was originally drafted in the sixth-round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL draft by the Ottawa. LaFrance played two seasons for the Redblacks rushing 43 times for 180 yards plus 14 receptions for 77 yards.