January 31, 2018

Riders grant pending free agent Jeff Knox Jr. release

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders granted international linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. his release on Wednesday in order for him to pursue an opportunity in the NFL.

Knox was scheduled to become a free agent on February 13.

Knox spent the last three seasons with the Riders after originally signing with the Green and White in May, 2015. Following his second season with the Riders, Knox signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he played three pre-season games. He rejoined the Riders in September, 2017.

Through his three seasons in Saskatchewan, Knox picked up 202 defensive tackles, 37 special-teams tackles, one interception and two quarterback sacks in 43 regular-season games. He added four defensive tackles and two special-teams tackles during last year’s playoffs.

In 2015, Knox was named the Riders’ Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and Most Outstanding Rookie after setting a franchise single-season record with 114 defensive tackles.