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Veterans Bagg, Owens, Grant and Bond among Riders cuts

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released veteran receivers Rob Bagg, Bakari Grant and Chad Owens., along with offensive lineman Travis Bond.

Bagg had been a member of the Roughriders since 2008, playing his entire CFL career with the team. The 33-year-old had suited up in 139 games with Saskatchewan and tallied 364 receptions for 4,705 yards and 24 touchdowns.  In 2017, Bagg played in 17 regular season games and collected 339 yards and a touchdown.

The Kingston, Ont. native tweeted a thank you to fans in Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon.

Grant joined the Roughriders last season after spending time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2011-2015) and Calgary Stampeders (2016). In 2017, the 30-year-old played in all 18 regular season games and amassed 1,033 yards and five touchdowns.

After the news broke, the Grant tweeted, “thank you for one of the most fun years of football Rider Nation! Every good thing must come to an end.”

Owens played just three games in 2017, his first season with Saskatchewan, after an injury sidelined him until Week 18. In the regular season games he did suit up in, the 36-year-old caught 17 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Owens spent the majority of his career with the Toronto Argonauts (2010-2015) while also making stops with the Montreal Alouettes (2009) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2016).

The news of the trio of receivers cut comes one day before teams are mandated to trim their rosters down to 46 players by Sunday morning.

Bond’s time a short one in Riderville

There is also a report out of Regina that the club has released offensive lineman Travis Bond, according to Justin Dunk .  Bond signed with the Riders as a free agent in February.

Bond played in 16 games for the Bombers last season and helped anchor an offensive line in Winnipeg that saw Andrew Harris finish 2017 with the league’s most rushing yards. The 27-year-old was listed as the 13th ranked free agent on CFL.ca’s top 30 pending free agents.

The Windsor, N.C. native signed with the Bombers in 2016 and played in 12 games. That year he was named a CFL and West Division All-Star.

Before joining the Bombers, Bond was drafted by the Minneosta Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Vikings (2013), Carolina Panthers (2013) and the St. Louis Rams (2014).