Saturday, December 22, 2018
DUNK: RIDERS' WILLIAMS-LAMBERT GIVEN NFL OPTION WINDOW
As a settlement of a grievance filed under the collective bargaining agreement, the Riders and CFLPA have agreed that Williams-Lambert is eligible to workout and potentially sign an NFL contract under the NFL option window.
The 24-year-old initially signed a two-year contract with Saskatchewan in April 2018, before the reinstatement of the NFL window in CFL contracts.
The CFL playing rights for Williams-Lambert will remain with Saskatchewan should he not be signed by an NFL club prior to February 12, 2019.
Dunk reports Williams-Lambert has already worked out for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and New York Giants.
He went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ball State University – recording 200 receptions for 2,723 yards and 24 touchdowns in 44 NCAA games with the Cardinals – but inked an undrafted free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints where he spent the 2016 season on the practice roster. The Saints waived Williams-Lambert during training camp when an injury settlement was reached.
More NFL interest has come for Williams-Lambert after a first CFL season in which he caught 62 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns for the Riders. The impressive campaign led to Williams-Lambert being named the West Division Most Oustanding Rookie.
Saskatchewan avoids souring the relationship with a young, up and coming receiver by allowing Williams-Lambert to try his NFL options.