After "bringing in the new" Wednesday, it was "out with the old" for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday morning.
First, the Green and White announced that quarterback Kevin Glenn has been released, followed by Regina product and receiver Chris Getzlaf announcing his retirement from the C-F-L.
The move to release Glenn comes one day after the Riders acquired pivot Zach Collaros in a trade with Hamilton. Collaros became expendable in Hamilton with the rise of Jeremiah Masoli, who signed a new deal with the Tiger-Cats Thursday. The 38-year-old veteran Glenn returned to Saskatchewan last season signing as a free-agent after the trade of Darian Durant to Montreal. The Roughriders are trying to re-work Collaros' contract which makes him the highest paid player in the C-F-L at about a half-million dollars a season.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Getzlaf finished his career where he started, with Saskatchewan. Released by Edmonton after signing with them in 2016, Getzlaf signed in October and played in the Eastern semi-final in Ottawa. He played his first nine seasons with the Green and White and was part of the 2007 and 2013 championship teams. Following is the news release from the Riders...
Getzlaf is a veteran of 11 CFL seasons and played 147 career regular-season games after making his professional debut June 30, 2007. The Regina native was originally selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 5th round, 33rd overall, of the 2007 CFL Draft. After playing two games with the Ti-Cats as a rookie, Getzlaf was acquired by the Riders in August, 2007. He went on to spend nine seasons with the Riders before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 2016. He returned to Saskatchewan late in the 2017 season.
Through 119 career games in the Green and White, Getzlaf ranks among the Riders’ all-time career receiving leaders with 368 receptions (5th), 5,694 yards (5th) and 37 touchdowns (6th).
Getzlaf also played in eight career playoff games and three Grey Cup games with the Riders. He played in the 2013 Grey Cup and was named the Most Valuable Canadian after registering three receptions for 78 yards. He also was on the practice roster of the 2007 Grey Cup-winning team.
“I want to congratulate Chris Getzlaf on an outstanding 11-year CFL career,” stated Jeremy O’Day, the Roughriders Assistant Vice-President of Football Operations and Administration. “I spent four seasons with Chris as a teammate, then had the opportunity to work with him as I transitioned to the front office. Every day Chris came to the stadium wanting to get better. His dedication, work ethic and intelligence for the game made him a great player and great teammate.”
Getzlaf was named a West Division All-Star in 2012 and 2013 and was the Riders’ nominee as Most Outstanding Canadian in 2011 and 2013.
“I have mixed emotions about today’s announcement,” Getzlaf said. “I am disappointed that my playing career has come to an end but I am very proud of the 11 seasons I dedicated to being a CFL player. I want to thank the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats for allowing me the opportunity to play in this great league. The friendships and memories I have created will last me a lifetime.”
The 34-year-old Getzlaf and his wife Tia continue to make Regina their home.