Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback James Franklin announces retirement

Veteran quarterback James Franklin, who signed one-year contracts with the Roughriders in 2020 and 2021, has retired from football.

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James Franklin, who signed two contracts with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but never actually played in a game for them, has announced his retirement from football.

Franklin, 29, spent five seasons in the CFL — three with Edmonton and two with the Toronto Argonauts — before signing a one-year contract with the Roughriders last year. The 2020 CFL season was subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19.

He had re-signed with the Roughriders in January, but has since experienced a change of heart.

In 79 CFL games, he completed 378 of 573 passes for 4,305 yards, with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

He also rushed for 593 yards and 17 touchdowns, including 14 with the Argonauts in 2018. That year, he tied Doug Flutie’s league record for most rushing TDs in a season by a quarterback. Flutie rushed for 14 majors with the B.C. Lions in 1991.

Franklin’s decision leaves the Roughriders with five quarterbacks under contract — Cody Fajardo, Isaac Harker, Luke Falk, Mason Fine and Tom Flacco.

The Roughriders also announced the retirement of receiver Rashad Greene, who signed with the team in 2020.

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