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Wednesday, December 19, 2018


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national defensive lineman Zack Evans to a four-year contract extension, keeping him with the club through 2022.               
"It's definitely good news in time for the Holidays," Evans laughed on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Tuesday.

The Regina product said it was not a difficult negotiation with the Riders for the new deal.

"No," Evans said. "Honestly it was easy to come to an agreement. It was basically just logistics and understanding 'when' and 'how', so once that was cleared it up, it was easy in all aspects."

Evans (6’4 – 295) is a veteran of seven seasons after originally entering the CFL with the Riders as a territorial junior in 2012. The 28-year-old Regina native spent two seasons with the Green and White before being selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. After four years in Ottawa, Evans returned home to Saskatchewan, signing with the club ahead of the 2018 season.  

Last year, Evans started 18 regular-season games, collecting 15 defensive tackles and one quarterback sack. He also registered four fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown. He added one defensive tackle in the Western Semi-Final.

By Evans' count, he's headed into his 9th CFL season after initially joining Saskatchewan's practice roster in 2011.

"I'm only 28 but I've got a lot of miles on me," Evans admitted. "I haven't left the field in a few years now. I'm older, but I still have a lot of years left in me."

In 104 career games, Evans has amassed 102 defensive tackles, 23 sacks, five fumble recoveries and one interception. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion – winning with the Riders in 2013 and with Ottawa in 2016. 

Evans was eligible to become a free agent on February 12.

(With files from Roughriders PR)


Anonymous said...

My faith in the brain trust of this organization has been cemented even further. Fantastic news for both Zack and Rider Nation! Onward and upward!! Now extend Chris Jones.

Football Fan said...

Agree completely. Great signing, now get Jones locked up long term!

Steve said...

Hometown & Popular Zack Evans is a top CFL DT. He is right tho at 28 he does have alot of CFL Miles on him.
Still as good as any international DT in The CFL. Easy to have a nice DT Rotation if at least one is a National.
Also its time to get guys like evans some endorsement, commercials, spokesperson deals.