Riders Add A Pair And Welcome Displaced Free Agents

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Tre’Von Armstead and international wide receiver Victor Dean Jr. have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Armstead (6’7 – 311) signs with the Riders after spending the previous four seasons at Baylor University. The 21-year-old Port Arthur, Texas native played 27 career collegiate games. He also spent time at tight-end registering five receptions for 62 yards.

Dean (6’4 – 210) joins the Green and White after playing one season at Portland State, registering 23 receptions for 521 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. Prior to that, the 23-year-old California native spent two seasons at Fresno State where he played 16 collegiate games and collected 32 receptions for 404 yards and four touchdowns.

Meanwhile, The Green and White, like the rest of the football industry, found out the news today that an upstart American professional football league will not be playing this season after workouts, tryouts, and a draft were held, and with prospects expecting to attend training camps in early April.

In response to this news, the Roughriders are reaching out to all those prospects and offering them an opportunity to attend a “Play-In Day” prior to the teams CFL Mini-Camp next weekend. Interested players can attend the workout on Saturday, April 9th at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.  Registration will begin at 8:00am sharp.

“Our coaching and scouting staffs have a number of former players on it and know first-hand the stress and issues that arise by a surprise announcement like today’s news,” noted Riders Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager, and Head Coach Chris Jones. “We wanted to reach out and find a way to provide a service and opportunity that most of these kids thought they lost this morning.”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders entire coaching, scouting and operations staff will be in attendance and open an opportunity to play your way into the team’s 3-day Mini-Camp: April 10-12.

Knowing the business and scenarios this latest setback has caused to players, agents and families, the Riders have decided that any player who attends and pays the $100 registration fee who is then accepted into our CFL Mini-Camp will have his money REIMBURSED by our club that same day.

This opportunity offers prospects a real chance to compete for a mini-camp spot, which can then lead to a CFL rookie contract; ranging between $55,000 – $70,000 based on position, experience, performance and incentives.