The Riders have released one of their top players from a defensive unit that helped them to a 12-6 record and second place in the CFL West last season.
The team announced Wednesday they are letting linebacker Sam Eguaoven go so he can pursue an NFL opportunity. Eguavoen would have been a free agent next month.
The 25-year-old has spent his entire three year CFL career in Saskatchewan. He picked up 159 defensive tackles, 14 special-teams tackles, four quarterback sacks and one interception in 38 regular-season games. He also added one 30-yard fumble return touchdown.
Eguavoen has worked out for several NFL teams over the past couple of weeks so it would appear as if he is ready to sign a contract with one of those teams.
The Riders also announced they have released receiver Kenny Shaw.