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 Riderville.com
“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.”