Friday, March 6, 2015
Could Kory Sheets Be Headed Back To The CFL?
Kory Sheets, who starred for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2012 and 2013 before leaving for the NFL, apparently does not fit into the Oakland Raiders’ plans for 2015. Sheets missed the 2014 regular season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon during a pre-season game with the Raiders.
When asked on Twitter whether he would carry the ball in 2015, he responded “not in Oakland I won’t.’’ As of Friday, Sheets was still listed on the roster that appears on the Raiders’ website. When that was pointed out to him on Twitter, he answered “wait until Tuesday.’’ Tuesday is the beginning of the NFL’s free-agent period. Sheets, who turns 30 on March 31, rushed for 1,277 yards with the 2012 Roughriders and followed up the next season by gaining 1,598 yards along the ground – despite missing nearly four games with a knee injury – and being named a CFL all-star. He was named the most valuable player of the 2013 Grey Cup game after rushing for 197 yards as Saskatchewan defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Mosaic Stadium.
He signed with Oakland the following February. The former Purdue Boilermakers star joined the Roughriders after missing all of the 2011 season due to a torn Achilles tendon, sustained during a pre-season game with the Miami Dolphins. The injury history could make the Roughriders wary of pursuing Sheets, presuming that he does become a free agent, and the salary cap could also be a factor. Were the Roughriders to add Sheets, they might have to release another high-priced player to make the salary structure work.
(Regina Leader Post-Rider Rumblings)
PS: This prompted a huge debate on the Sportscage as to whether or not the Riders should bring him back if he indeed is released and can't find NFL work. He would be a free agent meaning he could sign anywhere.