Category Archives: CFL

Lions Keep Kabongo/Tigers Get Canadian Content

CFL Logo The BC Lions Football Club announced Thursday morning that offensive guard Patrick Kabongo has signed a contract extension with the team.

Tuesday’s CFL Notebook

CFL LogoToronto bolsters their defensive line in a deal with the Leo’s and Hamilton adds some depth. Details inside today’s notebook!

Taman Da Man For the Riders

Brendan Taman

Saskatchewan Roughrider President/CEO Jim Hopson announced today the contract extension of General Manager Brendan Taman. The new two-year extension will see Taman continue in his role with the organization through the 2015 season.

 

“Brendan has proven himself to be a valuable member of our organization. By completing this extension we have created continuity within the Riders Football Operations,” stated Hopson. “We feel Brendan is continuously increasing the talent level of this team and we are excited to move forward under Brendan’s direction.”

 

Taman is entering his fourth year as General Manager of the Riders and fifth season since returning to the club in 2009. Taman took over complete control of the football operations department in November of 2011.

 

“I am once again grateful for the vote of confidence shown to me by Jim Hopson and the Riders Board of Directors,” stated Taman. “I understand and welcome the expectations and responsibilities that go along with having this position. My job is to keep moving this team forward and I am confident we have the people in place to do that.”

 

Taman had a busy winter heading into the 2012 season. He filled a vacancy by hiring current Head Coach Corey Chamblin and completed an overhaul of the previous year’s roster  by adding CFL veterans like Dominic Picard, Brendon Labatte, and Jock Sanders while adding new talent like Kory Sheets, Xavier Fulton, Terrell Maze, and Drew Willy. The 2012 Canadian Draft saw the Riders select stalwarts Ben Heenan and Sam Hurl.

In January 2013, Taman orchestrated a trade acquiring Geroy Simon, the CFL’s All-Time Leading Receiver and then locked up free agents Tyron Brackenridge, Dwight Anderson, Weldon Brown, Ricky Foley and Renauld Williams.

Taman is entering his 26th season in the CFL and has appeared in three Grey Cup Championship games in the past six years.

Williams Back In Green and White

Rider LogoIt’s official!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have signed free agent import linebacker Renauld Williams. Financial details of the signing were not released.

Williams (6’0 – 228) re-joins the Green and White after spending the previous two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Last season the 32-year-old recorded 94 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, three quarterback sacks and one interception in 18 regular season games. He was named a 2012 East Division All-Star.

The native of Westbury, New York had previously spent three seasons (2007-09) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he recorded 98 defensive tackles, 29 special teams tackles, six quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 31 regular season games.

The Hofstra product missed the entire 2010 season after suffering an injury while attending training camp with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The nine year pro has also suited up with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns.

The Riders also announced they have released import linebacker Joe Lobendahn. Last season, the 30-year-old played nine regular season games after joining the team in August.  

Rey Of Light For the Rider ‘D’?

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders appear to have made another off-season addition to their defense. Numerous sources are indicating this morning that the Saskatchewan Roughriders will announce the signing of Middle Linebacker Rey Williams today. Williams spent a pair of seasons with the Riders before bolting to Hamilton as a Free Agent. The Tabbies, released Williams earlier this year.

The addition of Williams seems to spell the end for Joe Lobendahn who was brought in for the final nine games of the Rider season in 2012 to shore up a prous run defence.