January 18th, 2021

Saskatchewan Roughriders sign Canadian linebacker Blair Smith


By The Canadian Press on January 12, 2021.

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian linebacker Blair Smith to a one-year contract.

The six-foot-two, 230-pound native of Mississauga, Ont., spent the last five seasons with Edmonton, making 57 special-teams tackles and 16 defensive tackles while adding one interception and one forced fumble over 59 games.

Edmonton selected Smith in the seventh round (60th overall) of the 2015 CFL draft, and the linebacker helped the club win the Grey Cup that year.

REDBLACKS RE-SIGN TWO

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed Canadian linebacker Mickael Cote and American receiver Rafael Araujo-Lopes.

Cote, from Montreal, made three defensive tackles and two special-teams tackles in 15 games over the past two seasons.

He was selected by the Redblacks in the fourth round, 30th overall, in the 2018 CFL dradft.

Araujo-Lopes signed with the Redblacks in 2019. He made his professional debut against Edmonton, where he recorded six receptions for 57 yards.

He played in two regular season games in 2019.

BOMBERS LOCK UP DRAFT PICKS

WINNIPEG – The defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed four 2020 draft picks: defensive back Noah Hallett, kicker Marc Liegghio, defensive lineman Nick Dheilly and linebacker Tanner Cadwallader.

Hallett, from London, Ont., was the Bombers’ first pick in the 2020 draft, selected 18th overall.

He spent three seasons at McMaster, playing in 23 games and recording 68.5 total tackles, four tackles for a loss, 15 pass breakups, seven interceptions, three sacks and one forced fumble.

Liegghio, from Woodbridge, Ont., was selected in the fifth round, 39th overall. He played four years at Western University, leading all U Sports punters in 2019 with a 47.5 yard punt average.

Dheilly, from Regina, was drafted in the fifth round by the Bombers, 46th overall. He spent three seasons with the Regina Rams before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan for the 2019 season. He was a Canada West all-star in 2017, when he tied a Rams record with 6.5 sacks.

Cadwallader, from Georgetown, Ont., was selected in the seventh round, 64th overall. He spent three seasons at Wilfrid Laurier, appearing in 13 games over that span.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.

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