Stamps release veteran linebacker Juwan Simpson

The Calgary Stampeders released veteran linebacker Juwan Simpson. (Canadian Press)

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have released veteran middle linebacker Juwan Simpson after eight years with the team.

General manager John Hufnagel said in a statement Monday the move was was made because of "salary-cap considerations and the need to give an opportunity to younger players."

Simpson has been a Stampeder his entire CFL career and won two Grey Cups with the club. The 31-year-old from Decatur, Ala., played 115 regular-season games and 11 playoff games for Calgary.

The three-time West Division all-star recorded 395 career tackles, 24 sacks, three interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Simpson was one of the team’s vocal leaders and the captain of the defence.

The six-foot-three, 234-pound linebacker missed five games last season with a broken clavicle.