Jon Ryan is heading home.
The former Seahawks punter has agreed to terms on a contract with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He’s expected to be introduced by the team on Tuesday morning.
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, the 37-year old Ryan starred at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate High School and played collegiately for the University of Regina. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected him in the third round of the 2004 CFL Draft and he spent two seasons with the team, leading the league by averaging over 50 yards per punt during the 2005 season.
Following a successful two seasons north of the border, Ryan became the third player born in Saskatchewan to make the jump the NFL when he signed a three-year contract with the Packers in February 2006.
After Green Bay released him during final roster cuts in September 2008, Ryan quickly became a fan favorite after signing with the Seahawks. Spending a decade with the franchise, he appeared in 159 regular season games, setting franchise records with 770 career punts and over 34,400 total punting yards.
During his tenure in Seattle, Ryan helped guide the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl title after the 2013 season. He played a critical role in Seattle’s return to the Super Bowl the following year, tossing a touchdown pass to reserve tackle Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal in a thrilling comeback victory over Green Bay in the 2014 NFC Championship Game.
Though the move was unpopular with some fans at the time, Seattle drafted Texas standout Michael Dickson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The talented Aussie punter, who eventually earned All-Pro recognition as a rookie, beat out Ryan during training camp and the Seahawks released the veteran on August 20.
After a brief stay with the Bills, Ryan didn’t play at all in 2018, but he told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times back in December that he was “99 percent sure” he’d play football again.
Ryan reportedly had tryouts with the Riders, Argonauts, and another undisclosed CFL team with hopes of landing a job for the 2019 season.
Now, he will have the opportunity to ride off into the sunset and finish his playing career where it began.