Riders release Moncrief to pursue NFL opportunity
Outside linebacker Derrick Moncrief was released Wednesday by the Saskatchewan Roughriders to pursue an opportunity with an undisclosed NFL team.
The CFL all-star and pending free agent had workouts with eight NFL teams and offers to tryout with seven others since the 2019 season ended. It’s expected that the 26-year-old Moncrief will soon sign with an NFL team.
Moncrief spent two-plus seasons with the Riders. In 2029, he started 17 regular-season games, recording career highs in defensive tackles (69), special-teams tackles (four), sacks (four) and interceptions (three).
Riders head coach Craig Dickenson said Tuesday from the CFL winter meetings in The Blue Mountain, Ont., that they expected Moncrief to sign with an NFL team.
“If a guy is getting a lot of workouts the way Moncrief (was), you have a pretty good idea they are probably going to get an offer and sign down there,” Dickenson said.
In other news, the Riders signed American defensive back Nick Marshall to a one-year contract extension on Wednesday. Marshall was eligible for file for free agency on Feb. 11.
Marshall has spent two seasons with the Riders. He dressed for 13 games in 2018, recording 26 defensive tackles and three interceptions. Marshall returned two of the picks for touchdowns in his first season with the Green and White.
Last season, Marshall recorded 39 defensive tackles, five interceptions and a fumble recovery. Marshall also returned an interception for a touchdown.