Chargers Release Shologan

The San Diego Chargers have released Keith Shologan, who was selected fourth overall by Saskatchewan in this year's Canadian Football League draft, and there's a possibility he may be joining the Roughriders fairly soon.

Shologan had been rated highly going into the draft -- potentially first overall -- but he slipped to fourth overall because several teams did not know if he'd be coming to the CFL this year because of his desire to try the National Football League first.

"Going into the draft, we had Dylan Barker (selected first overall by Hamilton) and Keith Shologan in a tie as the two top players on our board," Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman told Sportsnet.ca. "We were thrilled to get Keith at the fourth spot, realizing he would have almost certainly gone in the top three had he not signed with the Chargers.

"We expected it would be a few months, or even a year or two, before Keith would come to Canada. If it happens earlier than that, and it certainly might now, we will consider ourselves very fortunate. Hey, sometimes we get lucky in life, but luck counts, right?"

Saskatchewan selected Shologan, an Edmonton native who is a product of the University of Central Florida, with the pick it acquired from Toronto Argonauts in the deal that sent quarterback Kerry Joseph to Toronto.

In his senior season, Shologan recorded 33 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. He started in 47 games for Central Florida.

Shologan is listed at 6-foot-2, 290 pounds and provides Canadian depth to the Roughriders defensive interior, which includes standout defensive tackle Scott Schultz.

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