Linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. has reached out to Riders

Linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. wants to focus on the CFL.

“I’m done with the NFL, I’m ready to stay back in Canada where I like playing ball and make a fine career there,” Knox Jr. said on 620 CKRM The SportsCage.

“To me it’s way more fun than the NFL from my experience. The CFL for me has been fun. The game itself is phenomenal compared to the game down there, it’s just more business down there than it is fun, it makes you loose a little bit of love for the game,”

Knox Jr. played seven games making 31 tackles, four on special teams and one sack for the Toronto Argos in 2018. That came after the 27-year-old was waived at the end or NFL training camp by the Tennessee Titans. He’s currently a free agent.

“I’ve been talking to B.C. and Ottawa and both them teams are going to get back at me. I personally reached out to Saskatchewan, Coach Dickie says he’s going to get back to me. I’m just waiting now. Eventually I’ll end up somewhere and I’ll be competing for a starting spot,” Knox Jr. said.

“I reached out to Jeremy, I reached out to Craig Reynolds, I reached out to Coach Dickie and that was a few weeks ago. They haven’t gotten back to me yet but they’ve always been up front with me, every last one of those guys.”

Knox Jr. spent the first three seasons of his CFL career in Saskatchewan. He played 43 games recording 200 tackles, 36 more on special teams, two sacks and one interception. During his rookie season in Regina, Knox Jr. earned the Riders’ Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Rookie awards because of a franchise single-season record 114 tackles.

“The people there they took me in when I was a rookie and nobody,” Knox Jr. said.

“They basically made me who I am today as a man in terms of being a pro athlete. I want to go back and give them my all.

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