Former Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers will play the 2021 season in the Canadian Football League, Rogers announced via social media on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver has signed to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
As long as you move forward in faith, everything else will fall into place. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to play for the @MTLAlouettes this season. #TheMarathonContinues #ThisStoryGettingGood #bELIeve #17 pic.twitter.com/3a5nC7z6tr
— E L I (@__bELIeve17) March 2, 2021
Rogers spent the 2020 spring with the DC Defenders of the XFL, and finished the pandemic-abbreviated season with 19 catches for 164 yards, both second on the Defenders.
The Steelers released Rogers on the eve of the 2019 season after he spent three seasons with the club after singing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015. He finished his time in Pittsburgh with 78 catches for 822 yards and four touchdowns over 30 games, 15 of which were starting assignments.
The CFL did not play its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free agency period for the 2021 season opened on Feb. 9. The teams will play a 21-game schedule beginning on June 10 and wrapping with the 108th playing of the Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 21.