Stampeders release LB Nate Holley to pursue NFL opportunity

The Calgary Stampeders have released linebacker Nate Holley in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity in the NFL. 

The CFL Players’ Association filed a grievance with the league in February and after the 2020 season was cancelled in Canada, the Stamps have finally allowed Holley to seek employment south of the border.

The 25-year-old Holley played in all 18 games last year where he picked up 78 defensive tackles, 22 special team tackles, one sack and one interception and was named the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2019.

During four seasons at Kent State University, Holley played in 43 games recording 424 tackles, defended seven passes, notched three sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered two more and one interception. The six-foot, 210-pound tackler was named first-team all-Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2014 and 2015.

After going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft, Holley signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, but did not make the final roster. In June of 2018, he inked a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, although Holley was waived at the end of training camp.

Holley earned another NFL shot.

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