The CFL is commonly regarded as the second-best football league in the world, and it’s a destination for some of the best football players in the world.
Former Pitt offensive lineman Bryce Hargrove will be taking his talents to the CFL to prolong his football career. Cardiac Hill’s Mike Wilson reported that Hargrove signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL this week and will attempt to earn a roster spot.
Hargrove, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive guard out of Coventry in Akron, Ohio, arrived in Pittsburgh as a three-star defensive line recruit in 2016. He redshirted in 2016 and played just a game in 2017 before making his way into the starting unit.
After playing as a reserve lineman in Pitt’s first 11 games of the 2018 season, he started the final three games after star Jimmy Morrissey went down to injury. Hargrove started at left guard during each and every one of Pitt’s 24 games in 2019 and 2020, excelling as a key cog in Pitt’s line.
After putting up 26 reps on the bench and measuring well during Pitt’s 2020 Pro Day, following All-ACC honor mention honors in 2020, Hargrove signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2020 NFL Draft. However, he would only last the summer in Atlanta before being cut.
Saskatchewan went 9-5 in 2021, going 1-1 in the postseason with a loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West finals, and Hargrove will have the chance to earn a spot on a playoff-contending squad. The CFL preseason begins in May, so he will once again have the opportunity to use a strong preseason to carve out a roster spot.