December 13, 2011

Roughriders sign pair of Saskatchewan locals Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed non-import defensive back Graig Newman and non-import receiver Kolten Solomon to the roster. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Newman played the last four seasons with the Saskatoon Hilltops. In 2011, the defensive back registered 20 defensive tackles and one interception.

He also tied the Canada Bowl record with three interceptions in the Hilltops’ championship win in November which earned him the title of Canadian Bowl Defensive Player of the Game. Newman attended training camp with the Riders last season and spent time on the team’s practice roster before returning to the Hilltops.

Solomon (5’11 – 190 lbs) played junior football with the Regina Thunder. In 2011, he tallied 35 receptions for 802 yards and five touchdowns, two carries for 17 yards, 12 punt returns for 118 yards, 17 kickoff returns for 446 yards and two touchdowns.

Solomon was also named a CJFL All-Canadian for the second consecutive season. The receiver attended training camp with the Riders last season before returning to the Thunder.

General Manager Brendan Taman also announced that kicker Eddie Johnson, defensive end R.J. Roberts and defensive back Jeremiah Weatherspoon have all been released.