Former NFL defensive lineman and Redblacks draft pick Mehdi Abdesmad retires from football

Canadian defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad has retired from professional football, per sources.

Abdesmad had been mulling whether or not to sign with the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Redblacks selected the Montreal, Quebec native in the third round, 25th overall in the 2016 CFL draft. That same year Abdesmad was the only Canadian invited to the NFL combine. He went unselected in the NFL Draft but signed with the Tennesee Titans as a priority free agent.

He played in two games during his rookie season in the NFL making one tackle. Abdesmad signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs after being released by the Tennessee Titans in August 2017, but he was let go on Sept. 2 and did not catch on with another NFL team for the rest of the season.

Following a season-ending knee injury in 2014 at Boston College, Abdesmad stayed healthy in 2015 for the Eagles, playing in 11 games, notching 49 tackles, 15 for loss and 5.5 sacks.

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