The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive back Dan West and national punter Josh Bartel have signed with the team. As per team policy, details of the contracts were not released.
West (6’2 – 205) will return to the Riders for his second season after originally joining the team in July, 2015. Last season, the 29-year-old Ontario native picked up six special teams tackles in 11 regular season games.
Prior to the Roughriders, West spent three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after signing with the team as a free agent out of Bishop’s University.
West was eligible to become a free agent on February 9th.
Bartel (6’3 – 200) will return to the Riders for his second stint after spending the 2014 season with the Green and White. The 29-year-old Australian born kicker was originally acquired by the team in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Through three CFL seasons, Bartel has totaled 335 punts for 14,520 yards (43.3 yard average) including an 83 yard long in 49 regular season games. He is a two-time East Division All-Star picking up nominations in 2012 and 2013.
*Meanwhile despite internet rumours to the contrary, the Saskatchewan Roughriders ARE not close to a new deal with pending free agent receiver Ryan Smith. The NDSU product led the Riders with 991 receiving yards in 2015.