Stampeders release veteran receiver Marquay McDaniel

Veteran receiver Marquay McDaniel has been released by the Stampeders, per sources.

McDaniel signed a two-year extension last off-season with Calgary. Year one of the deal saw the 33-year-old make around $150,000 and the second was supposed to pay him $160,000.

He produced 860 yards on four touchdowns on 65 catches in 15 games in 2017.

McDaniel led Calgary in receptions (83) and yards (1,074) plus added four touchdowns in 2016. The vet pass catcher has produced 1,000-yard receiving campaigns in three of the last five seasons with the Stamps.

“This is a very difficult decision that was made necessary because of the realities of the salary-cap system,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “Marquay has been an excellent player for us for the past six seasons and we owed him the opportunity to explore his options around the league prior to the start of free agency on Tuesday. We wish him the best of luck and would certainly welcome him back in the future if the circumstances were right for both sides.”

McDaniel has played nine CFL seasons between Hamilton and Calgary, amassing 554 receptions for 7,301 yards, 37 touchdowns and a 13.2-yard average in 130 games played. He was a CFL all-star in 2013 and won a Grey Cup championship with the Stampeders in 2014.