Riders release quarterback Bryan Bennett

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released quarterback Bryan Bennett, per sources.

Bennett played in 17 games for the Riders in 2019, rushing for 69 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries (4.3 yards per rush.) The 28-year-old originally signed in the prairies after being among the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ final training camp cuts last year.

Cody Fajardo inked a lucrative extension in October, Isaac Harker was brought in by the current regime as a young developmental player and when Saskatchewan signed James Franklin in free agency, it meant there was going to be a change at the QB spot. However, it didn’t even take a competition in training camp for a move to be made.

After going unselected in the 2015 NFL draft out of Southern Louisiana University, the Indianapolis Colts inked Bennett to an undrafted free agent contract. However, Bennett was released as the team’s 53-man active roster was finalized.

Later that year, Bennett joined Winnipeg where he spent time in the practice roster. He’s played in 35 career CFL games completing 4-of-8 passes for 72 yards and rushing 18 times for 103 yards and one major.

Bennett can play special teams and brings experience at the quarterback position.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.