Edmonton LB Jovan Santos-Knox opts out of CFL contract to pursue NFL opportunities

The Edmonton Football Team has released linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox to pursue NFL opportunities.

He signed a one-year contract extension with Edmonton in February which would have made him a free agent in the same month in 2021. Last season with Edmonton, Santos-Knox played in three games, recording 13 total tackles and one quarterback sack.

The 26-year-old originally signed in Edmonton on February 12, 2019 after spending two seasons in Winnipeg appearing in 34 games and recording 149 total tackles, eight quarterback sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles for the Bombers.

The Waterbury, Connecticut native played NCAA football at the University of Massachusetts from 2012-2015. He recorded 339 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, defended 11 passes, notched six sacks, forced five fumbles and intercepted two passes for the Minutemen.

The six-foot-two, 233-pound linebacker went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft. He was invited to Philadelphia Eagles rookie mini-camp, but did not receive a contract offer when it was over.

Santos-Knox is hoping his current CFL resume can be enough to earn a look south of the border.