Paxton Lynch has yet another road block to his career.
The former first-round NFL draft pick was released by the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders today which comes just over six months after he signed with the team. He did not play a down for them during the 2021 season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers insider Greg Auman noted that the cut comes just one day before the USFL draft, which likely means the QB requested his release in anticipation of being taken for the upstart spring football league.
Based on his lack of playing time in the CFL, the chances of Lynch getting a showcase for a return to the NFL is probably higher in the USFL.
Lynch’s compensation for the 2021 season included $65,000 in base salary, $3,600 in housing, and a $200 per-game active roster bonus.
After being selected No. 26 overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft, Lynch earned more than $8.8 million in the NFL. He suited up in five games during two seasons in Denver, posting a 1-3 win-loss record while passing for 792 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Lynch hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2017 season. He was a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers in recent years but was among final training camp cuts in 2019 and 2020.