Calgary Stampeders release T.J. Rayam, Michael Griffin II

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The Calgary Stampeders have released Canadian defensive lineman T.J. Rayam.

The native of Edmonton, Alta. played 11 games this past season and recorded 10 defensive tackles and one sack. The six-foot, 291-pound defender joined the Stampeders in 2022 as a supplemental draft pick with the team forfeiting a second-round selected to secure his rights. He made 10 tackles and two sacks as a rookie.

Calgary has also released nine American players, including quarterback Chris Reynolds, receivers Jaquarii Roberson and Josh Vann, offensive lineman Hunter Thedford, defensive linemen Sharif Finch and Alex Tchangam, and defensive backs Larry Brooks III, Michael Griffin II, and Mazzi Wilkins.

Griffin played 13 games for the team last season and recorded 29 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, and one sack during starts at strong-side linebacker, field-side halfback, and safety. The 25-year-old native of Minneapolis, Minn. was previously a member of the Tennessee Titans.

CFL teams were required to shorten their rosters to 75 players plus non-counters as of Wednesday morning.