Former Missouri LB Shane Ray, NFL first-round pick, signs with CFL team
Former Missouri LB Shane Ray is looking for a new start to his football career, and has signed to play in the Canadian Football League.
The Toronto Argonauts announced today the team has signed Ray, 27, who was a first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2015 NFL Draft and over 14 games played that season finished with 20 tackles and four sacks on route to a Super Bowl victory in which he had two tackles and a forced fumble.
At Missouri, Ray played 40 games for the Tigers and collected 120 tackles, 19 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American as a junior. In 2014, he became one of the top pass-rushers in college football, and set the school’s single-season record with 14.5 sacks.
The Denver Broncos in the 2015 draft traded three picks (their first- and fifth-rounders that year along with a fifth-rounder the following year) and offensive lineman Manny Ramirez to the Detroit Lions to move up five spots to No. 23.
This move comes a little more than a year after Ray’s last stint in the NFL, a brief time with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder played 35 games over three seasons (2016-2018) registering 72 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown. The Kansas City native was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 but released a few months later.
— CFL (@CFL) February 6, 2021