The B.C. Lions have released defensive end Chris Casher, per sources.
In February the Leos re-signed Casher to a one-year contract for the 2021 CFL season, but after two weeks of training camp, head coach Rick Campbell and co-general manager Neil McEvoy are going younger at the position.
The 27-year-old earned a starting role with the Calgary Stampeders in 2019, recording 34 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble in a breakout year. He had signed a one-year contract with B.C. worth $145,000, which included a $50,000 signing bonus, during the three-down league’s free agent frenzy in February 2020.
Casher was a member of Florida State University’s NCAA National Championship team in 2013. He suited up in a total of 35 games over three seasons with the Seminoles, recording 61 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
For his senior season, Casher transferred to Faulkner University and recorded 60 defensive tackles and nine sacks in 10 games for the Eagles.
The six-foot-four, 257-pound pass rusher spent time in Oakland Raiders and New York Giants training camp after going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Casher played three NFL pre-season games recording two solo tackles and one assisted tackle.
CFL teams who need help rushing the quarterback could certainly look into signing Casher.