Change of heart: DL Ricky Walker not signing with Calgary Stampeders as he mulls future

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Last week, 3DownNation reported that American defensive lineman Ricky Walker would sign with the Calgary Stampeders barring anything unforeseen. Unforeseen circumstances have indeed arisen as Walker will not sign with the Stampeders, per sources, due to personal reasons.

The six-foot-two, 287-pound defender made 17 starts at defensive tackle with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this past season, recording 37 defensive tackles and five sacks. The native of Newport News, Va. spent three seasons with the team and made 59 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, and seven sacks.

The 27-year-old went unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He was waived by the team at the conclusion of training camp before stints with the Tamps Bay Vipers and Cleveland Browns.

It remains unclear if Walker will continue playing professional football, though 3DownNation has been informed he will not be signing a CFL contract in the near future despite becoming a free agent on Tuesday.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.