Canadian kicker JJ Molson released by Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers have released Canadian kicker JJ Molson after he spent parts of two seasons with the team.

The Montreal native was first signed by the Packers in December of 2020 and spent the entirety of the 2021 season on the practice squad. He signed a futures contract in January to return for a third season but was released following mini-camp.

Molson went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. He briefly spent time on the practice roster of the Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Green Bay. He has appeared in one NFL pre-season game, making the lone extra point he attempted.

The Canadian appeared in 49 games from 2016 to 2019 at the University of California, Los Angeles, converting 51-of-74 field goal attempts (69 percent) as a Bruin. The six-foot-one, 197-pounder also kicked off 266 times for 12,758 yards (63-yard average) and was awarded UCLA’s Tommy Prothro Award for outstanding special teams play in 2018.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats currently hold Molson’s CFL rights after selecting him 63rd overall in the seventh round of the 2020 CFL Draft. He is an eighth-generation descendant of John Molson, the founder of Molson Brewery.