Receiver K.D. Cannon wanted to go home, Riders allowed him to do so

The Riders have released receiver K.D. Cannon.

“He wanted to go home and so we allowed that,” Saskatchewan head coach Craig Dickenson said.

Cannon asked to be let go.

Saskatchewan made the move at the same time veteran pass catcher Kenny Stafford was acquired from Edmonton.

Cannon was signed by former Riders general manager and head coach Chris Jones last year. He played in six total games for the green and white, catching 16 balls for 220 yards.

The Mount Pleasant, Texas native was a star at Baylor University. During three seasons with the Bears, Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 yards and 27 touchdowns in 35 games. As a senior in the NCAA, he made 87 grabs for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning first-team All-Big 12 honours.

Following NFL stints with the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, Cannon came north to play in Canada. The six-foot, 183-pound receiver has 4.41 speed and leaping ability, 37-inch vertical.

The 23-year-old displayed intriguing potential, but Riders general manager Jeremy O’Day has shown a willingness to jettison any players brought in by Chris Jones if it can be justified. There is sure to be interest in Cannon from other teams around the league.

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