January 27, 2017

Foster released by Riders to pursue opportunities down south

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REGINA — Another Riders free agent has been granted his release early as DB Otha Foster has been cut loose by Saskatchewan the club announced today in order to pursue potential NFL opportunities.

The move comes the same day the Riders cut ties with four veteran pending FAs including Mitchell Gale, Shamawd Chambers, Curtis Steele and Dylan Ainsworth.

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Foster signed with the Riders in February of 2016 and started all 18 games he played in. He collected a team-leading 71 defensive tackles and added three sacks, two special teams tackles and an interception. That performance in 2016 pushed Foster to be named the Riders 2016 Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The linebacker was acquired by the Edmonton Eskimos in May of 2014 and was there until 2015, when he won the 103rd Grey Cup with Edmonton. In his 33 games with the Eskimos over two seasons, he collected 102 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, two touchdowns and forced two fumbles.