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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have agreed to terms with Canadian defensive back Marc-Olivier Brouillette, 3DownNation confirms and CKRM’s Rod Pedersen reported first.

Brouillette retired on the eve of training camp – he has a law degree and was pursuing a legal career. When Mike Edem got injured against Hamilton last week, the Riders called and brought the 31-year-old out of retirement.

The Roughriders originally signed Brouillette as a free agent in February, hoping he could serve as a starter at safety.

Drafted 23rd overall by Montreal in the 2010 CFL Draft, the 31-year-old Brouillette has played in 102 games and made 64 starts in his seven seasons with the Alouettes. He started all 18 games last season making 33 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and registering one interception while being named an East all-star.

Meanwhile Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka has also agreed to terms with the Roughriders, per sources.

Saskatchewan drafted the 25-year-old in the third-round, 24th overall in the 2016 CFL draft.

Bouka was initially signed by Arizona as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2016, even though he was on the mend from a torn Achilles which kept him from playing in his final year at the University of Calgary. That’s the only reason why he slid down the CFL draft board.

A hamstring setback landed the cover man on injured reserve for the entire NFL season last year with the Cardinals, he made a full salary. Arizona released Bouka with an injury settlement early in 2017 training camp after he suffered an ankle setback.

The ultra-athletic defender is fully healthy now. He worked out for three NFL teams, the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants recently.

Bouka possesses special traits and should be able to start soon for the Riders at defensive back.

Meanwhile the website reports former Clemson standout Jacoby Ford has signed with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders according to multiple reports.

For his NFL career, Ford has 57 receptions for 848 yards and three receiving touchdowns and also has four kickoff return touchdowns.

At Clemson, Ford and C.J. Spiller became the greatest all-purpose duo in NCAA history. Ford had 49 punt returns for 479 yards and two touchdowns and 47 kickoff returns for 1,124 yards and a score. Ford also had 143 catches for 1,986 yards with 16 touchdowns in 48 games at Clemson.

The 30-year old was also the 60 meters indoor NCAA Championship in track during his college days.

Ford was drafted by the Raiders in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL draft (108th overall) after showcasing his insane 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.

Former Clemson defensive back Crezdon Butler is also a member of the Roughriders squad.


Anonymous said...

Bouka is a great signing. Things continue to improve for the Riders.

Anonymous said...

The strong Roughriders organization rebuild continues under Football Maven/Guru Mr.Chris Jones. Thanks! You can feel it, you can see it, Roughriders Football.

3RD and 1 said...

Signing an all star safety to fill in for the injured Edem is brilliant. My only concern is that Edem might be more serious than anticipated.
Finally all of the pay cuts and minimal salarys at high profile positions are starting to pay off. I believe Chris Jones and Oday for that matter are explaining to anyone on board and willing to come on board that in order to build a solid competitive team. There has to be funds available and that only happens when you don't have players gobbling up the cap space. Look what Reed did in Montreal in order to give Darian his guaranteed 400k and signing bonus. He let go the best defensive (LB Bear) and offensive player (SJ Green) they had. Plus Reed gave away their back up QBs for a song and Dance.
I'm finally starting to see exactly how Chris Jones works his system. Just enough CFL veteran experience mixed with new Young athletic starting to believe.

Anonymous said...

Edem has a badly separated shoulder. He is done for the season.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how Cameron Judge will fit in. Lots of depth at Canadian, only so many roster spots. Very strange that Chad Owens isn't being activated after all this time. We could use him now.

Anonymous said...

Very good signings for the Riders. It looks like Grymes has signed with the Eskimos. Perhaps now we can put to sleep the idea that Franklin HAS to sign with the Riders because of the Jones connection. Grymes had long been discussed as another guy we thought would come to Regina. As recently as Foster's signing, there were musings about getting Grymes as well & "wow" wouldn't that be great. Yes it would have been great for the Riders but not everyone who played with Jones wants to come here. Guys like Bowman & Sewell were big available free agents last year & stayed. Walker & Grymes, if reports prove true, were 2 of the bigger stars that went south & got lots of interest but stayed. I'm tired of all the nonsensical talk of Franklin as good as here next year. I'd say the odds are not good. He certainly won't come here in a trade unless we put together a package too good to resist. I agree with TSN's comments earlier this season that there will be a bidding war for his services. In any case, the Riders should be very pleased regarding the latest signings. Be happy with what you've got.

Anonymous said...

Even better news the Eskies just signed Aaron Grymes which is huge news

Anonymous said...

You can have all three...sounds like Aaron Grymes is on his way back to the Green and Gold.

Anonymous said...

Never mind about hearing...Aaron Grymes re-signs with the Eskies