Canadian linebacker Cameron Judge has opted out of his Canadian Football League contract.
Judge re-signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in February on a one-year deal for the 2020 season.
He recorded a career-high 61 tackles, 11 special teams stops, five sacks, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and one forced fumble for the Riders in 2019. The 25-year-old was the West Division Most Outstanding Canadian for his efforts.
The jury was out on Judge after a tumultuous rookie season in which the UCLA product arrived late to training camp in Saskatchewan, played in just three games prior to suffering a shoulder injury and Tweeted he was stepping away from football in September 2017 to focus on an off-field opportunity.
The athleticism is certainly there. And Judge laid the gavel down in 2018 when he made 41 tackles, two sacks and forced one fumble in 18 games. He turned the promise shown as a prospect when Saskatchewan selected Judge in the first round, second overall during the 2017 CFL draft into production.
Judge has developed into a ratio-changing defender. Looking every bit the player scouts envisioned while watching Judge in the NCAA with the Bruins. He played in 47 games for UCLA recording 46 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception while serving as a special teams captain.
At UCLA’s pro day, Judge measured six-foot-one and weighed 220-pounds, running a 4.50 40-yard time, 6.69 3-cone, 10-foot, one-inch broad jump, 36.5-inch vertical leap and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Complete package of speed, agility, explosiveness and power.
Every season at UCLA, Judge earned an increased role with the Bruins, starting games at linebacker in his junior and senior season and being named the weight room captain too. The Houston Texans invited Judge to rookie mini-camp in May 2017, but he did not receive a contract offer.
Judge’s play north of the border garnered NFL attention during the off-season as he worked out for the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL interest remains and it could lead to a contract for Judge.