Redblacks’ offensive lineman retires at age 26

Josue Matías has retired following one season in the CFL.

Matías joined the Redblacks’ practice roster in June of 2018 and entered the starting line-up in October as part of a ratio change along the offensive line. He started the Grey Cup at right tackle.

Matías may not have been a household name, but his loss is a big one. The 26-year-old was expected to start at left tackle following the departure of perennial all-star SirVincent Rogers in free agency.

Ottawa currently has just one international offensive lineman under contract in 23-year-old Collin Buchanan. He was signed two weeks ago and has never played a CFL game.

Matias was a three-year starter at Florida State who spent two years with the Tennessee Titans (2015-2016) after going undrafted in 2015. His retirement leaves a gaping hole in the Redblacks’ starting line-up.

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