As per Rod Pedersen on Twitter, it appears the Riders have signed former NFL Punter, Jon Ryan.
The Riders have signed Jon Ryan. pic.twitter.com/3DZXDhwaPJ
— Rod Pedersen (@rodpedersen) May 14, 2019
Born and raised in Regina, Ryan attended the University of Regina. He was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the third round, 24th overall in the 2004 draft. Ryan would go on to sign with the Green Bay Packers in 2006. However, it was in Seattle where Ryan truly made a name for himself.
Ryan was at one point the longest-tenured Seattle Seahawk. This was after Pete Carroll and John Schneider tore-down and rebuilt the roster at the start of the decade. The former Super Bowl champion’s most notable highlight came in the 2014 NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. It was there where he threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal to get the Seahawks back into the game down 16-0.
Farewell Jon Ryan, the shot put gawd pic.twitter.com/Jl1ZHQUHtR
— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) August 20, 2018
Jon Ryan’s time in Seattle came to an end after the team traded up in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select Aussie phenom, Michael Dickson. Cutting Ryan saved the Seahawks $2.6 million in salary cap at the time. After being cut from the Buffalo Bills at the end of training camp last season, it appears Ryan is now coming home.
Of course, this means Josh Bartel’s time over the last four seasons in Saskatchewan has come to a close as the club released him earlier today.
That makes two former Seahawks signed in the CFL as receiver Chris Matthews inked a three-year deal with the Bombers last week. The contract is reportedly a one-year, $100,000 deal according to Justin Dunk of 3DownNation, making Ryan the highest paid punter in the CFL.
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