Michigan Panthers Sign WR Siaosi Mariner, Hardin To IR

Michigan Panthers Sign WR Siaosi Mariner, Hardin To IR

The Michigan Panthers have made their first free agent move of the UFL season. WR Siaosi Mariner has signed with the team, after spending the last few months as a free agent, not having his contract picked up by the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks.

This is an interesting move for Michigan. The team just placed KiAnte Hardin – who’s a defensive back – on the injured reserve list. With one spot open on the roster that we know of, it appears that they’ve filled that hole with a wide receiver.

At the WR position, Michigan is positioned for growth. Their leading receiver against St. Louis was Devin Ross, who recorded just two receptions for 46 yards. Michigan’s receiving core is solid – but certainly could use some depth, which is what Mariner provides.

Siaosi also brings size, at 6’2”, 190 lbs. He’s been in the CFL for the past two years, with the Redblacks. Across that span, he’s recorded 317 receiving yards and two touchdowns. In 2023, he was a key playmaker, starting in nine of 13 games played.

Mariner began his college career at Utah. Through three years there, he posted 785 yards and four scores. However, it wasn’t until his senior year that he really put himself on the map of professional organizations.

For his final season, Siaosi Mariner transferred to Utah State. He totaled 987 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning Second-Team All-Mountain West honors in 2019.

This led to a brief NFL stint with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021. Siaosi also played in The Spring League during their 2021 season, with the Generals. Now, Mariner turns to the UFL to continue his professional career.

Final Thoughts

For the Michigan Panthers, this organization has consistently looked to bring in new free agents to the team. General Manager Steve Kazor, and Head Coach Mike Nolan reconstructed this roster in the offseason, and through the dispersal drafts, to boast a new brand this year.

Something to note is that their Offensive Coordinator, Marcel Bellefeuille, has spent time in Canada as a coach. He currently is still with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, a college team, interestingly enough. One has to wonder if he played a part in bringing Siaosi in, who played for the CFL’s Ottawa franchise.

After their miraculous win over St. Louis this past weekend, the Panthers will now shift their focus to Birmingham who comes to town on Sunday.

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