Michigan Panthers Sign Free Agent RB Raymond Calais For 2024

Michigan Panthers Sign Free Agent RB Raymond Calais For 2024

The Michigan Panthers have finally brought some depth to their backfield, signing free agent RB Raymond Calais.

Raymond Calais has had quite the journey in professional football so far. He originally was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, but ended up moving to the Los Angeles Rams.

Calais won a Super Bowl with Los Angeles, but was hardly utilized by the team at all. He was active for four games in 2020, but did not record any statistics other than returns. Raymond was primarily on the practice squad for the next couple of years.

He ended up signing with the DC Defenders in the XFL, seeing action in one game. However, Raymond was released on April 5th. This led to a stint with the BC Lions in the CFL. He signed with the team on April 19th, but was then released on May 17th.

Now, Raymond Calais will look to continue his professional career in the USFL, with the Michigan Panthers. Speed is Raymond’s forte, having run a 4.42 40 yard dash at the NFL combine in 2020.

Calais had an excellent career in college, playing for Louisiana. During his senior season, he started in 7 of 14 games played, rushing for 886 yards and six touchdowns – averaging 7.5 YPC.

Throughout his four year tenure in college, Raymond rushed for 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. In addition, he posted 145 yards receiving and a touchdown through the air.

Final Thoughts

General Manager Steve Kazor has been making some moves as of late, bringing in quality talent on both sides of the football. Over the past month, the Panthers have signed the following free agents:

WR Garett Maag
WR Samson Nacua
DE D’Anthony Jones
DB Javin White

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