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REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats completed a trade Monday morning that will see the Roughriders acquire non-import linebacker Shomari Williams, non-import punter Josh Bartel and the eighth overall selection in the 2014 CFL Draft in exchange for the ninth overall selection and the eleventh overall selection.   

Williams returns for his second stint with the Green and White after originally being selected by the team in the first round (1st overall) in the 2010 Canadian Draft.

Williams signed with Hamilton as a free agent on February 15, 2013.  He registered one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle in six games with the Ticats last season.

The Toronto native spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Tiger-Cats as free agent prior to last season. In 2013 the Queen’s product played just six games, missing the majority of the season due to injury.

For his career, the 28-year-old Williams has registered 89 defensive tackles, 33 special teams tackles, five quarterback sacks and one interception in 60 regular season games.

Bartel will be entering his third CFL season after joining the Tiger-Cats ahead of the 2012 season. The Australian born kicker has appeared in 36 career regular season games punting 229 times for 9,904 yards – a 43.2 yard average.

The 27-year-old was named a 2013 East Division All-Star after punting 112 times for 4897 yards (43.7) including a 69 yard long.

The Tiger-Cats now own the 9th, 11th, 17th, 44th, 52nd, 53rd and 62nd selections in this year's draft.

Fan Comments
Mike M. might retire (losing a Canadian LB)
R. Shmidt has had NFL try outs in the off season, I suspect he gets signed somewhere (Punter gone)

Replace with S. Williams (younger Canadian LB)
Replace with Bartel (Canadian Punter)

I see why the trade happened.. filling potential holes in Rider roster I think.
February 17, 2014 - 4:46pm
als rule
LETS REVIEW THE TRADE: C LB williams, C P bartel and the 8th selection in the 1st round for the 9th selection in the 1st round and 2nd selection in the 2nd round!! even swap 8th pick for the 9th pick BUT austin wins on the next part of the trade by dumping one high salary plus another salary for a high 2nd round pick!!
February 17, 2014 - 2:11pm
Bingo - you got it!! Getting an extra pick for players he wasn't going to keep + saving $$$!
February 17, 2014 - 9:09pm
Attention everyone - hell has just frozen over. AR and TFMCB agreed on something!!!

Riders win too by addressing two areas of need on their team. Who knows if the two picks will actually amount to anything?
February 17, 2014 - 10:59pm
als rule
@Jhead: NO not the 1st time or the last time!!
February 18, 2014 - 12:50pm
small town argo
Sure Hamilton will have a plethora of Canadian talent possibly coming their way, but losing Williams will hurt.
February 17, 2014 - 12:49pm
GC Bound
And of course the flip side is The Riders are setting excellently for Canadian Talent which will payoff in Spades come the regular season.]
Leaves much room to maneuver, talent wise.
Go Riders Go!
February 17, 2014 - 1:55pm
@sta - Williams barely played last season and will NOT be missed. He has already been replaced. GCB - Ticats also have lots of NI talent! Remember we just signed Butler!
February 17, 2014 - 8:43pm
als rule
@GCB: yeah right!! what did williams do on his 1st tour with the green!! exactly right NOTHING!!
February 17, 2014 - 10:16pm
Seems like a strange deal. Salary dump? Not sure about this move.
February 17, 2014 - 11:53am