January 12, 2012

Roughriders re-sign Hawkins, Lucas retires

Riderville.com Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import defensive lineman Brent Hawkins to a new contract. Financial details of the signing were not released.

The team also announced they have released import defensive back John Eubanks, import receiver Terrence Nunn and import defensive lineman Remond Willis from the roster.

Hawkins came to the Riders when he signed a free agent deal in April, 2010. In his first CFL season the Illinois State product tallied 31 defensive tackles, four tackles for a loss, three quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries in 13 games starting at defensive end.

Due to a shoulder injury sustained in training camp, Hawkins missed the 2011 CFL season. The 28-year-old was set to become a free agent in February.

Eubanks signed as a free agent with the Riders in February, 2011. He dressed in two games with the Riders and started at halfback in one game. He spent the remainder of the season on the nine-game injured list .He finished the season with three defensive tackles and one special teams tackle.

Nunn signed as a free agent in January, 2011. He started in eight regular season games at receiver and then spent the remainder of the season on the teams nine game injured list. He finished with 13 catches for 171 yards.

Willis signed as a free agent in July, 2011. He played in ten regular season games at defensive end and finished the season on the nine-game injured list. He tallied 22 defensive tackles and one quarterback sack.

The Roughriders also announced today that import linebacker Sean Lucas is retiring from the CFL.

“It is a difficult decision, but it is also the right decision for me,” stated Lucas. “I would like to thank the organization, Rider Nation and especially my teammates for a lifetime of memories.”

Lucas has spent the last six seasons in Green and White. In that time he has tallied 372 defensive tackles, 23 special team tackles, 17 pass knockdowns, nine tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, five interceptions and three tackles for a loss in 86 regular season games played.

He has also played in four playoff games and two Grey Cups and was a member of the 2007 championship team.

In his last season, Lucas played in 15 regular season games and tallied 61 defensive tackles, a team leading five tackles for a loss, three pass knockdowns, two special team tackles and one interception. The 28-year-old originally signed with the Riders as a free agent in May, 2006.

“The entire Roughrider organization thanks Sean for his contributions and dedication to the team over the last six years,” stated General Manager Brendan Taman. “He has made the decision to move on to the next phase of his life and we wish him nothing but the best.”