Las Vegas Raiders waive CFL all-star RB William Stanback

The Las Vegas Raiders have waived Canadian Football League all-star running back William Stanback.

Stanback signed with the Raiders in January and the deal included $100,000 in guaranteed money. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero provided the newsA surprise: To make room for Theo Riddick, the Raiders are cutting RB William Stanback, source said. The former CFL star will go on waivers. 

Stanback was facing an uphill battle to make the roster in Las Vegas, but that challenge is small compared to the personal tragedy he’s enduring. Stanback returned to training camp on August 11 after the passing of both his parents: dad William Sr. on July 21 from bladder cancer and mom Patricia on July 30 from a heart attack.

Stanback rushed for 1,048 yards — third most in the CFL — and five touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry with 33 catches for 329 yards in 14 games during the 2019 season. He was named a CFL all-star for his efforts. As a rookie in the three-down league, Stanback rushed 81 times for 539 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and caught 25 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

The physical six-foot-three, 233-pound back played for the University of Central Florida rushing 306 times for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns plus 27 receptions for 244 yards and three touchdowns in three years with the Knights. Stanback transferred to Virginia Union University for his senior season where he rushed for 1,299 yards and 15 touchdowns.

After going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, Green Bay inked Stanback to an undrafted free agent contract, but he was released near the end of training camp. The Hempstead, New York native used the CFL as a spring board for another NFL contract.

Stanback worked out for Las Vegas, Chicago, New England, Houston and Tampa Bay in December. It’s possible those teams could have interest and claim his rights on waivers. If no team puts in a request for Stanback in 24 hours he will become a free agent.