Riders cut Derek Dennis, league’s highest paid American lineman in 2017

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Derek Dennis has been released.

He was the highest paid American offensive lineman in 2017 while playing left tackle and guard last season.

Dennis signed a lucrative three-year deal after winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman award in 2016. During his first year with the green and white the 29-year-old started out as the team’s left tackle, but after Bruce Campbell came out of retirement Dennis was shifted to left guard. He started nine games there and missed three due to injury.

The six-foot-three, 341-pounder made over $180,000 in 2017 which was due to rise to the high $180,000 range in the final two years of his original three-year agreement. That versatility was one of the reasons the Riders paid him handsomely.