Two more Riders players opt out of CFL contracts


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released two more players who have taken advantage of the opt out agreement between the CFL and CFL Players’ Association.

Offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson and defensive end Demetrius Harris.

Jefferson spent all of 2019 with the Riders on the practice roster as a depth offensive tackle. The 28-year-old University of Arkansas product had stints with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl in 2016. He hopes his experience will merit another NFL shot.

Harris signed with the green and white in December and was set to compete at defensive end as a rookie. The six-foot-two, 248-pound edge rusher starred at Division II Fort Valley State University and recorded 13.5 sacks through 10 games in 2019.

Both players are signed through 2021 and must return to the Riders if they want to play in the CFL next season.

Saskatchewan has had the most opt outs of any CFL team thus far with Jefferson and Harris being their sixth and seventh respectively. Other opt outs include offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley, linebacker Deon Lacey, punter Jon Ryan, kicker Brett Lauther and former NFL receiver Demarcus Ayers.