Canadian receiver Brayden Lenius has signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, per source. The deal includes a signing bonus as the former Saskatchewan Roughrider was offered a contract by multiple NFL teams.
The six-foot-five, 225-pound target started all 14 games for the Riders this year at slotback, making 37 receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns. He also started the West Semi-Final vs. Calgary and West Final at Winnipeg, making six receptions for 43 yards.
Lenius worked out for four NFL teams in recent weeks, including the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, and Atlanta Falcons.
The Regina native was a second-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of the University of New Mexico, though he had previously played at the University of Washington. He played a hybrid tight end/H-back role in 2019 but lost almost 30 pounds during the CFL’s extended 2020 off-season to play receiver in 2021.
Lenius recorded 42 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns over three seasons at Washington (2014-15, 2017) before transferring to New Mexico (2018) where he made six catches for 39 yards and one touchdowns.
He ran a 4.75 forty-yard dash at the 2019 CFL Combine, though he weighed 243 pounds at the time. He also recorded a 33-inch vertical jump, 7.62 three-cone drill, 4.66 short shuttle, and a nine-foot, seven inch broad jump.
The 25-year-old is son of former Arizona Wildcats’ receiver Troy Dickey, who played with Saskatchewan in 1995.
Lenius was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday to pursue NFL opportunities, though he was slated to become a free agent in February.