CFL all-star linebacker Derrick Moncrief has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released Moncrief to pursue the NFL opportunity. He was scheduled to be a CFL free agent in February. 

Moncrief worked out for the Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers during his NFL team tour.

The 26-tear-old played three seasons for the Riders. In 2019, Moncrief played 17 games making 69 tackles, four on special teams, four sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble. He was named a CFL all-star for his outstanding play at the strong-side linebacker position. 

By playing the “SAM” spot in the Canadian game, Moncrief displayed his dynamic abilities as a defender. He can be stout against the run, blitz off the edge, drop back in zone versus the pass and even lock on offensive players in man coverage. In the new era of NFL football with footballs being thrown all over, Moncrief fits the style of player who can thrive on defence.

After two seasons at Oklahoma State University, Moncrief went overlooked by the NFL in 2017, but he’s earned his way to the first chance at making an impact south of the border.

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Justin Dunk is a CFL insider, sports reporter and news anchor.