After spending all of the 2018 NFL season without a job, former Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan may return to his native Canada for the next phase of his career.
Ryan tweeted on Friday that he’s angling for a spot on a Canadian Football League roster, as that league’s regular season is set to begin in June.
A lot of people ask me what my next chapter in football is, but I don’t go for one chapter- I go for an entire book. #CFL #farfromdone— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) April 5, 2019
It was later reported by (now former) Saskatchewan Roughriders play-by-play voice Rod Pedersen that Ryan is going to be at Saskatchewan’s free agent tryout camp on Saturday down in Florida.
Of course, Ryan started his career in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2004-2005. He led the league with an average of 50.6 yards per punt in 2005. That caught the eye of NFL teams, and he spent the next two years with the Green Bay Packers before touching down in Seattle in 2008. Ryan would remain the Seahawks punter for ten seasons before a dashing Australian super-punter named Michael Dickson was brought to the scene. It was a passing of the torch, as Dickson won the job in 2018 preseason, and Ryan was let go. Jon signed with the Buffalo Bills but didn’t make final roster cuts.
If Ryan does make the grade and is the new punter for the Roughriders, they obviously become our adopted CFL team. Best of luck to Jon!
By the way, did you know you can onside punt in Canadian Football? It’s a really cool play.