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Cyrus Kouandjio joins CFL's Roughriders

Former Alabama All-American Cyrus Kouandjio has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 2020 season, the Canadian Football League team announced on Monday afternoon.

The offensive tackle did not play football last season after making 30 NFL appearances from 2014 through 2018.

The CFL still is scheduled to start its preseason on May 24 and kick off the regular season on June 11 in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

“Here at the CFL, we are optimistic by nature,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said. “We remain very hopeful that circumstances will allow us to resume our normal activities soon and well in advance of our regular season.”

A second-round selection of the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft, Kouandjio played in 25 games and started seven in three seasons before being released on May 24, 2017.

The Detroit Lions signed him as a free agent on June 15, 2017, but he was released at the end of the preseason.

Kouandjio joined the Denver Broncos on Nov. 8, 2017, and played in three games, with a starting assignment in the regular-season finale.

He returned to the Broncos’ active roster on Nov. 20, 2018, and played in two games before being released on Dec. 4, 2018.

The New York Guardians selected Kouandjio in the XFL Draft in October, but he did not play in the new spring football league this year.

Kouandjio played three seasons at Alabama. He was the starting left offensive tackle for the Crimson Tide’s 2012 BCS national championship team and earned consensus All-American recognition in 2013.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

Source: www.al.com




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