Former Riders LB Jeff Knox Jr. released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Riders released Knox Jr. in January – he was a pending CFL free agent – to pursue that NFL opportunity.

Saskatchewan brought Knox Jr. back into the fold after he 26-year-old was among the final cuts after the Bucs completed training camp in 2017. He was released by Chris Jones and the Riders that January to sign with Tampa Bay.

Knox Jr. played in eight games for the Riders making 23 tackles, seven special teams tackles and one sack last season. Prior to that, he played two seasons with Saskatchewan making 177 tackles, 29 special teams tackles, one sack and one interception in 35 games. He was named a CFL West All-Star after his rookie CFL season in 2015.

Knox is now a free agent on both sides of the border.

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20 Comments on Former Riders LB Jeff Knox Jr. released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. thethinman // May 18, 2018 at 9:50 am //

    The Riders need depth. Hello Jeff Knox.

  2. Wideout // May 18, 2018 at 9:55 am //

    Depth????? The guy is an all star and had second most tackles in league history his rookie year.

    • greenenvy? // May 19, 2018 at 10:24 am //

      So he starts over Eguavoen? He’s not suited to SAM & Jones has said the WIL is going to be Canadian. You Rider guys have to make up your mind. I thought you loved Eguavoen. If he starts, Knox is depth. When Knox left some of you took offense to my noting his loss saying he had lost his starting role. Now he’s an all-star? Well of course. Should he end up back in Regina, he is. When they leave, THAT’s when they drop in status.

  3. Jeremiah was a bullfrog // May 18, 2018 at 9:55 am //

    I hope Jeff gets in with another team. However If another NFL team dosent sign Jeff. I would anticipate Knox Jr to sign with SK again. He’s a free agent and can sign where he likes. However he received great treatment from Chris Jones and staff. I’m sure he will be offered decent CFL money. Plus returning to the new Stadium facilities and the loud and proud fan base is always an attraction for a player.

  4. Mr Red. // May 18, 2018 at 10:08 am //

    The riders don’t need and likely can’t afford him. If we he was a Canadian he’d be much more valuable.

  5. For his sake I hope he gets a look elsewhere south of the border, but would obviously like to see him return to the Riders.

  6. He’s a beast that would put Sask defensively head and shoulders above any other team. I hope he makes it back.

  7. Rider4life // May 18, 2018 at 11:16 am //

    There is already talks of him and jones going on and coming bk to sask. Sorry Mr red lol.

  8. jeff Knox is a superb physical player with incredible football i q

  9. MR. Green // May 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

    Not sure why he went back to Tampa, even though last year he was part of thier final cuts. I hope he comes back, but with Eguavoen and Moncrief penciled in, Knox likely replaces one. Depth is good. We have about 17 LB’s at camp. To fit his salary in, someone gets cut.
    I still believe Chad Owens can go either way. His salary is still decent.C Jones is our main return guy. Carter, Roosevelt and Grant all returning 1000 yard receivers. Atwane Grant, returning and some young athletic talented guys making a push at camp, I believe Owens is in tough. Who knows which other vets could get cut. Gotta sign Knox if he looks back up to the CFL.

  10. MR. Green // May 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm //

    And Caleb Holley. Owens has a tough task. If he makes it it’s because he still has it because he has gotta beat out many good young guys. Point is, someone must go to get Knox back

  11. Rider4life // May 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm //

    A Davis line backer retired now 1 LESS LB so you never know with coach jones. He left on good terms with Jones and Knox said he would only play with the riders in the cfl.Sorry Mr red lol no way he would go to the stumps

  12. Sask need alot help on defense when you are weak at QB like riders are heard he wants to play for the cats with Johnny football not with Mickey mouse Sask cats have lots of cap space

  13. James Fleck // May 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm //

    Can see Knox MAYBE going to the Lions since they missed out on resigning Bighill. Of course he will try to hook on with another NFL team to the very end whatever that may be. By labor day at the latest I figure he will come back to the CFL in not signed by then.

  14. true green // May 20, 2018 at 12:04 am //

    I think it was last year he came back midway through the year and did not have a big impact. unless I am mistaking him with Otha Foster. Seems to me that picking up mid way through the year is like starting in a deficit. He had a great couple of years as a rookie but i believe he played the full years.

    • Might be Foster you are thinking of ? He came back and was injured right away. Knox took reps and was a beast. Hope to see him back.

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