CFL refuses to register contract for linebacker Nate Holley

Photo courtesy: Calgary Stampeders

The Canadian Football League has released the following statement regarding the Toronto Argonauts’ recent attempt to sign linebacker Nate Holley.

The CFL has decided to not register a contract for LB Nate Holley in accordance with our Violence Against Women Policy. We will not be commenting further out of respect for the privacy of those involved.

The Argos announced on Nov. 3 that the club had signed Holley following a stint with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He travelled to Toronto and completed his quarantine, but the league has elected not to register the contract.

The 26-year-old Holley had an outstanding 2019 campaign with the Calgary Stampeders. He played in all 18 regular season games while racking up 78 defensive tackles, 22 special teams tackles, one sack and one interception on his way to winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound native of Michigan signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2020 and played three games recording three total tackles. Holley was waived by Miami as part of final cuts in August of this year.

The Kent State University product also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 and the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League and Los Angeles Rams in 2018.

Holley was charged with felony kidnapping and assault in November 2016 and was dismissed from the Kent State football program. He was found not guilt in February 2017 prior to signing in the CFL.

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