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John Chick Returns to the Roughriders

REGINA -- After weeks of speculation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders confirmed Sunday the signing of defensive lineman John Chick.

Chick returns to the Riders after spending the last three seasons in the National Football League. This will be the Gillette, WY natives second stint and fourth season with the Green and White after originally joining the team in 2007. In his first season, Chick started 13 games, recording five sacks, on his way to being named the Riders Most Outstanding Rookie and helping the club win the Grey Cup. Injuries limited him to eight games in 2008 before breaking out in 2009 with 32 defensive tackles and 11 quarterback sacks while being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The 30-year-old entered the NFL in 2010 with the Indianapolis Colts before moving to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the next two seasons where he appeared in a total of 19 regular season games.

Chick had been on the Riders radar for some time after he expressed intrerest in returning. Two weeks ago, Riders GM Brendan Taman addressed whether or not he was interesed in bringing Chick back into the fold.

“I think we have a really good chance to some degree if he comes to Canada," Taman told

"I don’t know if that will ever happen but if he does come to Canada I think we’ll be in the running for sure.”

Fan Comments
Great news, but I saw him go down with Jacksonville the night he wrecked his leg. It didn't look good, drove him off the field. If the leg holds, then the signing was smart, but there is an element of risk.
June 03, 2013 - 12:32am
Fingers crossed that he isn't affected by that pesky "NFL curse".
June 01, 2013 - 7:28pm
The addition of Chick enhances the D-Line which is already been pointed out on the comments below. In other words; creates options on schemes that allows others to step up. In essence; Rider coaches know what needs to be done as Chick is not expected to do the job [pass rush] alone.
June 01, 2013 - 5:29pm
telefunkin u47
could be great for the gang green as long as his weight is close to what he played at last time around.probably beefed up for nfl
June 01, 2013 - 4:57pm
GC Bound
IT's about time.
Like I said a month ago, Chick was a game changer and The Riders needed to cough up and offer John a "substantial,secure contract"
and get him back in Regina
Excellent Job Taman!!!
June 01, 2013 - 3:29pm
This Old Man
He's older, and he'll have to show the same commitment/fitness level and single-mindedness he did before the fact, and that doesn't always happen to ex-NFL-CFLers. If he gets out-worked and out-played in training-camp....well.... I hope he's ready! If he plays at the level he did back when, he'll be great. Best of luck! TOM
June 01, 2013 - 2:22pm
GC Bound
Chick has old and valued relationships and history in Regina and he's a professional.
Don't you worry,,,,,, He'll show up!!!~
June 01, 2013 - 3:32pm
als rule
well at least the green now have 1 defensive lineman in camp now!!
June 01, 2013 - 1:06pm
ride em rough
Two out of the three we had when we won the cup. Look out Anthony hell hounds on your trail
June 02, 2013 - 10:23am
als rule
also 2 out of 3 when you lost the cup. look out green the west hounds are on your trail!! oh yeah!!
June 02, 2013 - 12:41pm
This is awesome for the Riders. Our biggest gap seems to be filled. Hopefully we can jel and get that pass rush to where it needs to be!
June 01, 2013 - 1:00pm