Washington Commanders release former Ticats’ defensive back Channing Stribling

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The Washington Commanders have released former Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ defensive back Channing Stribling.

The 27-year-old signed with the Ticats in September 2019 and spent the remainder of that season on the practice roster. He signed back with the team in May 2020 following a brief stint in the XFL but opted out of his contract when the season was cancelled in order to play in The Spring League.

Stribling rejoined Hamilton in 2021 and played in four games, recording six tackles. He went unsigned in free agency and was selected in the eighth round of the inaugural USFL draft by the Philadelphia Stars.

The six-foot-two, 180-pound cover man put together an elite season with the Stars, recording 16 tackles, 11 knockdowns, and a league-leading seven interceptions. His success caught the attention of the Commanders who signed him to a contract in July.

Stribling went unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft but had stints with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Chargers.

The native of Matthews, N.C. appeared in 47 games with 18 starts at cornerback over four seasons at the University of Michigan from 2013 to 2016, posting 68 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, six interceptions, 22 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was an All-Big Ten honouree in 2016 for the Wolverines.