The Saskatchewan Roughriders released American linebacker Samuel Eguavoen on Wednesday so he could pursue opportunities in the NFL.

Eguavoen was scheduled to be a free agent Feb. 12.

Eguavoen spent three seasons with the Riders, registering 159 defensive tackles, 14 special-teams tackles, four sacks and one interception in 38 regular-season games. He also added a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.

The 25-year-old also recorded 14 tackles and two special-teams tackles over three playoff games.