Sources: Canadian LB Micah Teitz signs with Stampeders following release from Riders

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian linebacker Micah Teitz, per sources.

The 27-year-old was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13 but was granted his release from the Saskatchewan Roughriders a day early, allowing his hometown team.

The Riders selected Teitz in the second round of the 2018 CFL Draft and he has played five seasons for the organization. He made 17 starts at weak-side linebacker in 2023, collecting 57 defensive tackles and six special teams tackles.

The six-foot-two, 225-pound defender rose to prominence when he took over the starting job in 2021, collecting 64 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles and three sacks in 13 games to earn Saskatchewan’s nomination for Most Outstanding Canadian. However, he would miss the entirety of the 2022 season with a groin injury.

In 59 career games, he has amassed 127 defensive tackles, 31 special teams tackles and three sacks.

Collegiately, Teitz spent four seasons at the University of Calgary, making 111 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks in 30 games. He won back-to-back Hardy Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 and played in the 2017 U Sports East-West Bowl.  The Calgary native was a Canada West All-Star in 2015 and 2017 and named a U Sports All-Canadian in 2015.

The Stampeders will open their 2024 season on Friday, June 7 when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.