Rod Pedersen reported Wednesday that the Jacksonville Jaguars “have relinquished their rights’’ to defensive end John Chick.
Chick, who was with the Riders from 2007 through 2009, spent two seasons with the Jaguars. He originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts after being named the CFL’s defensive player of the year in 2009.
Pedersen said the Riders have been in contact with Gil Scott, who is Chick’s agent. I’m not sure where this will head because Pedersen understands Chick is free to sign with any NFL or CFL team. You would think that some NFL team might be interested in Chick, who had 2.5 sacks, nine tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 10 games with the Jaguars. I think he proved that he can play in the NFL.
The 30-year-old Chick missed half of the 2012 season with a torn patella tendon in his right knee. He did return for a portion of the 2012 season, which was a good sign. The Riders have also shown they are willing to sign older players this off-season. Who knows which way they might go with Chick? It does suggest that the Riders are still in the hunt for a defensive end who can make an impact.