Former NFL defensive lineman and Redblacks draft pick Mehdi Abdesmad retires from football

Canadian defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad has retired from professional football, per sources.

Abdesmad had been mulling whether or not to sign with the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Redblacks selected the Montreal, Quebec native in the third round, 25th overall in the 2016 CFL draft. That same year Abdesmad was the only Canadian invited to the NFL combine. He went unselected in the NFL Draft but signed with the Tennesee Titans as a priority free agent.

He played in two games during his rookie season in the NFL making one tackle. Abdesmad signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs after being released by the Tennessee Titans in August 2017, but he was let go on Sept. 2 and did not catch on with another NFL team for the rest of the season.

Following a season-ending knee injury in 2014 at Boston College, Abdesmad stayed healthy in 2015 for the Eagles, playing in 11 games, notching 49 tackles, 15 for loss and 5.5 sacks.

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12 Comments on Former NFL defensive lineman and Redblacks draft pick Mehdi Abdesmad retires from football

  1. JohnnyO // July 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm //

    NFL career: 2 GP, 1 tackle. Just unwilling to sign with Ottawa. Thought the RedBlacks might try to trade his rights to his hometown Alouettes. Guess he feels the CFL is beneath him. Shame.

  2. CFL lover // July 17, 2018 at 4:58 am //

    Obviously i don’t know all the details but it’s a sad commentary on our league that a Canadian would rather retire than join the CFL after a short stint in the NFL. Of course consider this. He might have to play for ten years up here, risking major injuries, just to earn what he probably did in one short unspectacular season down south. NFL salaries are publicly disclosed so I guess we could find out. Too depressing a thought frankly.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // July 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm //

      He made a total of $79,412 for his time in the NFL. He’d make that after about 23-24 games of CFL service.

      • CFL lover // July 18, 2018 at 10:27 am //

        Thanks for the research. That is shocking to me. The minimum rookie salary in the NFL was increased by $15,000 in 2017, it goes up again in 2018 as per their collective agreement. That minimum was $465,000 (US) last year. Hence my surprise at how little Mehdi managed to negotiate for himself. After all he did see game action.

        • Jeff Garcia's Agent // July 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm //

          He only spent two weeks on the Titans 53 man roster. NFL players aren’t paid based on the year in total, rather the amount of weeks they are on an active roster. So the $79K is the total for the two weeks on the 53man and 1 week on the PR.

          • CFL lover // July 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm //

            Thanks for clearing that up. I believe they make close to $8,000 a week on PR hence my surprise since I thought he was either on active or PR for a season. But I guess 80 grand for three weeks work isn’t exactly chump change

      • A Canadian player like that shouldn’t have trouble negotiating a contract for $80,000. The guy is not just a scrub, but a Canadian who got a legitimate NFL shot.

  3. Bartsimpson650 // July 17, 2018 at 6:53 am //

    It is sad that he is retiring but in the end it is his decision. If his heart isnt in playing football anymore then so be it. You cant have a guy on the team that isnt 100% committed. He has decided to move on and so should R nation. I wish him well in whatever he decides to do.

  4. patlynch // July 17, 2018 at 7:41 am //

    Well said Don Bartholomew.

  5. Mehdi Abdesmad … graduated with a finance degree from the Carroll School of Management … enrolled in the Woods School of Advancing Studies.

    I simply thinks he wants to start his real career.

  6. Jim Bob // July 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm //

    Mehdi has not played for roughly 2 seasons. If he wanted to REALLY PLAY he would of signed with someone somewhere. Guys like him and Chapman of the TiCats might resurface in the AAFL next year at a starting rate of 85K for 10 games if the football bug bites them again.

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