Elks release former Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Derek Dennis

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It came a year later than requested, but Derek Dennis will finally get his divorce from the Edmonton Elks.

3DownNation has independently confirmed an online report that the former CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman will be released by the team, ending a season long saga.

The 33-year old left tackle originally signed with Edmonton as a free agent in January of 2021, but ultimately decided to “step away from football” in order to focus on his family. Dennis later revealed that he was unhappy with the terms of his deal with the Elks and had requested a release or trade from the team as early as a week after signing the initial contract.

The Elks, then under the management of general manager Brock Sunderland and head coach Jaime Elizondo, refused his request. Now, with both previous decision-makers fired, the newly hired duo of Chris Jones and Geroy Simon will finally be letting Dennis loose.

This is the second time in his career that Dennis will have been released by Jones. The then-Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the CFL in February 2017, only to release him one year later to void the final two years of the contract.

The six-foot-three, 340-pound offensive lineman was a three-time West Division all-star with the Calgary Stampeders and captured a Grey Cup in 2018. His best season came in 2016 when he was named the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

The Temple University product went unselected in the 2012 NFL draft, but inked an undrafted free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. Dennis was released by the Fish in July that year by head coach Joe Philbin and it was shown on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

The New England Patriots signed Dennis one week later, but he was released by the Pats at the end of training camp. Dennis spent time on the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers practice squads prior to putting pen to paper with the Stamps in September 2015.