The Saskatchewan Roughriders have landed the big fish in the CFL free agent market.
Just hours after free agency started Tuesday. the Riders announced they had come to terms with free agent offensive lineman Derek Dennis.
Dennis, named the CFL’s top lineman in 2016, was the anchor of a Calgary offensive line that led the league in least sacks allowed while paving holes for the league’s leading rusher, Jerome Messam.
Before the afternoon was over, the Riders inked running back Kienan Lafrance to a contract.
In 16 games last season with Ottawa, the University of Manitoba product had 37 carries for 163 yards and 12 receptions for 76 yards and one major score. In the Eastern final win over Hamilton, he had a breakout game running for 157 yards helping Ottawa get to the Grey Cup.
Lafrance was drafted by the REDBLACKS in the sixth round, 45th overall in the 2015 CFL Draft. The 25-year-old played in 16 games in his rookie season, collecting six carries for 17 yards.