The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Regina product Zack Evans.
The 27 year-old defensive tackle was originally with the Riders to begin his career as a territorial Junior in 2012, but then was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the expansion draft in 2014.
Evans has been a dominant player on the defensive line since leaving Saskatchewan, recording 23 tackles and five sacks just last season. He also thinks he is a different player.
“I was looking at old pictures of my last season with the Riders. I look like a 15-year-old boy”Evans told reporters from Ottawa on a conference call. “I had a shaved face. I was skinny, it didn’t look like me. Now I have a wife, and a son, and another Grey Cup ring. I’ve matured as a player. I’m excited to bring my experience back to the Riders and to help out the team. Hopefully we can get another Grey Cup there.’’
Evans is also a two-time Grey Cup Champion, winning with the Riders in 2013 and then with the Redblacks in 2016.
As for other moves made by the Riders on day one of CFL free agency, they re-signed center Dan Clark to a contract just before the 11 AM deadline and they re-signed fullback Spencer Moore. They released offensive lineman Derek Dennis after making him a prized free-agent acquisition last year, and they lost three of their free agents to other teams. As expected, Nic Demski signed a deal with Winnipeg, defensive lineman AC Leonard signed with Ottawa while Calgary signed defensive lineman Esa Mrabure.
Former Riders RB Kienan Lafrance also found a new home as he signed with Winnipeg.