Riders’ OL Dakoda Shepley opts out of CFL contract to pursue NFL

For the second time in as many days, a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders has opted out of his CFL contract.

Canadian Dakoda Shepley has declared as a free agent to pursue the NFL, per source. The six-foot-four, 310-pound offensive lineman is now free to sign with any NFL team, but must return to Saskatchewan if he is released. His contract with the Riders expires in February 2022.

Shepley signed with the New York Jets after going unselected in the 2018 NFL draft. The UBC product was cut following training camp and spent the rest of the season awaiting another NFL opportunity.

The native of Windsor, Ont. was a first-round pick of the Riders in the 2018 CFL draft. He signed with the team in March 2019 and started 14 games at right guard last season, winning the team’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.

Placekicker Brett Lauther announced Sunday that he is opting out of his contract with Saskatchewan as well.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.