Riders re-sign Reaves and Harty, add three more

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made a few transactions on the first day of winter including re-signing defensive lineman Jordan Reaves and wide receiver Jake Harty.

Reaves has signed a one-year contract extension to stay for a third season. He was eligible to become a free agent on February 9.

The 30-year-old played in 17 games for Saskatchewan in the 2018 season making 12 special teams tackles. He initially signed with the Riders in 2016 and went on to play in five games that season registering two special teams tackles.

Harty will remain with the Riders after signing a one-year contract extension with Saskatchewan. He too was eligible to become a free agent on February 9.

Harty spent three CFL seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks where he was originally selected 10th in the second round of the 2015 CFL Draft. The 29-year-old played 34 career regular-season games, collecting 36 receptions for 307 yards and one touchdown while adding 12 special-teams tackles.

The Riders have also signed American defensive back Jeremy Clark and American wide receiver Sammie Coates.

Clark comes to Saskatchewan after playing with the XFL’s Seattle Dragons. He was on the field for five games with the Dragons making 10 tackles including two tackles for a loss, one interception and three pass deflections.

The 26-year-old from Kentucky was a sixth-round draft pick, 197 overall, by the New York Jets. He also played played five collegiate seasons at the University of Michigan.

Coates joins the Roughriders after four NFL seasons with the Steelers, Browns and Texans. Coates played in 44 NFL games and earned 528 yards receiving on 29 receptions (18.2 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

He was selected by the Steelers in the third round, 87th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft. Most recently, Coates played four games for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks where he made six receptions for 61 yards.

Collegiately, Coates played 37 games over three seasons for Auburn.

The Riders have also announced that American defensive back AJ Hendy has opted back into his contract for 2021.

He has been a member of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans before he most recently played for the XFL’s New York Guardians, collecting 26 tackles, two tackles for loss and four pass deflections.

Prior to turning pro, the 26-year-old spent four years at the University of Maryland.

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