Riders sign two defensive backs

The Saskatchewan Roughriders re-signed defensive back Mike Edmen and signed Amari Henderson.

Edem returns for his fifth season with the Roughriders after being acquired via trade in 2017. The former third overall pick earned a career-high 69 tackles in 2019 while adding seven special teams tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.

Injuries sidelined the former two-time All-Star to just five games in 2021, tallying 11 tackles and one forced fumble.

Over the course of an eight-season CFL career, the Nigerian-born 32-year-old has played 116 regular-season games and made 250 defensive tackles, 57 special teams tackles, eight sacks, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles.

The newest addition to the Green and White, Henderson signs with the Riders after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020 as an undrafted free agent, spending time on the club’s practice roster. In 2021, Henderson signed with the Minnesota Vikings and played in one preseason game.

The North Carolina native was a standout collegiate player at Wake Forest University where he spent five seasons, playing in 46 career games.

As a senior, he was named Second-Team All-ACC after making 40 defensive tackles, four interceptions, 14 passes defended, and a fumble recovery. He finished up his senior year with an invite to the NFLPA Bowl.

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