Malcolm Lee signs with IFL’s San Diego Strike Force

An up-and-coming Canadian defensive back is heading south.

Malcolm Lee has signed a contract with the San Diego Strike Force of the Indoor Football League. He will use the opportunity to prep for the 2020 season with the possibility of drawing interest from the NFL.

Lee participated in the 2019 CFL combine after a solid career with the UBC Thunderbirds. He was temporarily moved to the 2020 draft class after testing positive for an over-the-counter anabolic agent in April.

The defensive back later requested to have his B sample tested, which allowed him to remain in the 2019 draft class. He was selected in the fifth round by the Calgary Stampeders, but was suspended for the entire 2019 season when his B sample tested positive for the same banned substance.

Had it not been for the positive test, Lee was projected to be selected in one of the draft’s top rounds.

The shutdown cornerback is the brother of Jamall Lee, a former first-round pick of the B.C. Lions. The Bishop’s product had his career cut short due to injuries, playing just 32 games in CFL.

Calgary still holds Lee’s exclusive CFL rights, so expect to see him in red and white next season if an NFL opportunity doesn’t materialize following his stint in the IFL.