Kenny Tate

Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate poses in his home for a portrait. Tate still has hopes of playing in the NFL despite knee injuries and surgeries which have set him back. (Erin Kirkland / The Baltimore Sun / July 2, 2013)

Former Maryland standout Kenny Tate's bid for a job north of the border has fallen short.

Tate was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League during a roster cutdown Monday.

The former All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection had been a candidate to start at defensive end despite being just 6-feet-4 and 220 pounds. Tate had played safety and outside linebacker for the Terps.

Tate was a blue-chip recruit as a wide receiver at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville before converting to safety in College Park.

Tate's status as a potential NFL draft pick faded away, though, due to a series of knee injuries. He had cartilage issues that required the joint to be drained each week. He ultimately underwent surgery.

Tate tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted, but wasn't signed to a contract.

As a senior, Tate had 42 tackles, including 6 1/2 for a loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

When Tate played free safety, he was an all-conference selection with 100 tackles, four forced fumbles, 3 1/2 sacks and three inteceptions.

Despite a myriad of problems with his knees, Tate ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical leap. He bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 4.34 20-yard shuttle and a 7.20 three-cone drill.

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