February 8, 2013

Riders lock up veterans Russ and Fulton


Riderville.com Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that import defensive back Eddie Russ has re-signed while import offensive lineman Xavier Fulton has signed a contract extension with the team. Financial details of the contracts were not released.

Russ was eligible to enter free agency February 15th before re-signing with the Riders. The 25-year-old will return for his third season with the Green and White after originally signing with the team in 2011 out of Harding University. Last season the Marianna, FL native played 16 games and registered 33 defensive tackles. His nine pass knockdowns lead the team while his two interceptions tied for the team lead.    

Fulton  was acquired prior to last year in an off-season trade with the Edmonton Eskimos. The 26-year-old went on to start 16 regular season games and the 2012 Western Semi-Final at left tackle, while missing one game due to injury. At seasons end, the Flossmoor, IL native was named the Riders nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie.

The extension keeps Fulton under contract with the Riders through the 2015 season.