Former CFL quarterback Shea Patterson released by USFL’s Michigan Panthers

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Former CFL quarterback Shea Patterson has been released by the USFL’s Michigan Panthers three months after he was the first overall selection in the 2022 USFL Draft.

The 25-year-old completed 59.4 percent of his passes with the Panthers for 943 yards, four touchdowns, and five interceptions over six games with five starts. He is currently the league’s third-leading passer behind Kyle Sloter of the New Orleans Breakers and Jordan Ta’amu of the Tampa Bay Bandits.

The Panthers are off to a 1-5 start to the season with former first-round NFL draft pick and Saskatchewan Roughriders’ quarterback Paxton Lynch still on the roster. He has played sparingly this year, completing 38.5 percent of his passes for 24 yards and one interception.

Patterson signed with the B.C. Lions in June 2021 but was released when the team signed former NFL quarterback Danny Etling three months later. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes shortly thereafter and recorded 13 carries for 23 yards over five games in a depth role behind Vernon Adams Jr. and Trevor Harris.

The six-foot-two, 202-pound passer was released by the Alouettes in February in order to pursue the USFL.

The native of Toledo, Ohio played with the Blues of The Spring League after attending training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020. He transferred from the University of Mississippi to Michigan for his final two years of NCAA eligibility (2018-2019).

Patterson’s 5,661 passing yards as a Wolverine ranks seventh on the program’s all-time list, ahead of NFL star Tom Brady and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection and won the school’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2018.