Las Vegas Raiders waive former Riders, CFL all-star linebacker Derrick Moncrief

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The Las Vegas Raiders have waived former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Derrick Moncrief.

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 in December. He signed with Las Vegas in January.

However, during NFL free agency in March, the Raiders signed rising star linebacker Cory Littleton to a three-year contract worth up to $36 million USD, including $22 million guaranteed. And Nick Kwiatkoski for three seasons, $21 million USD total with over $13 million guaranteed. Meanwhile, at the 2020 NFL draft, Las Vegas chose linebacker Tanner Muse in the third round, 100th overall.

The 26-tear-old Moncrief played three seasons for the Riders. In 2019, he started 17 games making 69 tackles, four on special teams, four sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Moncrief 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.

After two seasons at Oklahoma State University, Moncrief went overlooked by the NFL in 2017 and just when it seemed like he had a shot, it was taken away. Expect Moncrief to exhaust all NFL options before considering coming back north of the border.