Former Riders LB Jerrell Freeman retires from pro football

Former Riders linebacker Jerrell Freeman has retired from professional football.

Last October, Freeman received a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 31-year-old spent three seasons in Saskatchewan (2009-2011) and earned CFL all-star status in 2011 after leading the league in tackles with 105. That got him a contract with the Indianapolis Colts where he played four years and then moved on to the Chicago Bears.

Freeman played one game in 2017 then spent the rest of the season on the Bears injured reserve list with a concussion and pectoral injury during the 2017 season. Over six NFL seasons, Freeman has made 598 tackles, defended 20 passes, made 12 sacks and four interceptions while scoring two defensive touchdowns.