B.C. Lions release linebacker Micah Awe

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The B.C. Lions have released veteran American linebacker Micah Awe.

According to a report from TSN’s Farhan Lalji: “B.C. Lions are releasing LB Micah Awe. Hasn’t practiced since [Tuesday]. After a highly productive 2021, he wants to be a starter. That opportunity doesn’t exist in B.C. due to the ratio. Lions tried to trade him & there were no takers.”

“B.C. didn’t want to lose Awe but they have 2 very good [Canadian] LBs (Lokombo & Williams) & their ratio is built accordingly. The hope was to get him on the field in packages but that wasn’t enough as his contract has a lot of incentives. Will be curious if any team gives Awe [the opportunity] to start.”

Awe suited up in all 14 games for the Ottawa Redblacks last season, notching a career-high 74 defensive tackles and three sacks.

The 28-year-old originally began his CFL career with the Lions in 2017. His 54 defensive tackles were good for the third-best on the squad while the punishing defender also added 16 special teams tackles and a forced fumble. The Nigerian-born linebacker was then released to sign a contract with the New York Jets but would return to the Lions in August 2018, racking up 31 defensive tackles in seven contests.

Awe moved on to the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in 2019 and registered 44 defensive stops, one interception, one sack and a forced fumble in ten games. He spent the 2021 campaign in Ottawa before returning to B.C.

Awe majored in Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech while also putting together an impressive body of work on the field with 253 combined tackles, six pass knockdowns and a pair of sacks in 38 games from 2013 to 2015. Awe led all Red Raiders with 126 combined tackles in his senior season.