The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed two more of their potential free agents prior to the mid-February deadline.
The team announced Thursday they have signed offensive lineman Thaddeus Coleman to a two-year contract extension keeping him with the team through 2019 and that defensive back Jovon Johnson has also inked a new deal/
Coleman (6’7 – 320) recently completed his fifth CFL season and second with the Riders.
The 32-year-old Mississippi Valley State product was originally acquired by the Riders in a May, 2016 trade with the Edmonton Eskimos, with whom he had spent his first three seasons. He re-signed with the Green and White shortly after becoming a free agent in February, 2017.
Last year, Coleman started all 18 regular-season games, Eastern Semi-Final and Eastern Final at right tackle.
Johnson joined the Riders just after the season started. The 34 year old, who is an 11 year CFL vet, started all 18 regular-season games for the Riders at cornerback, picking up 39 defensive tackles and two interceptions – one of which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown. He added seven defensive tackles and one interception while starting the East Semi-Final and East Final.
The signing of Coleman and Johnson reduces the amount of Rider players who can become free agents to 20. Some of the others include linebackers Otha Foster and Jeff Knox Junior, offensive lineman Dan Clark and defensive lineman Willie Jefferson.