February 10, 2014

FA14: Etienne, Woldu avoid free agency, re-up with Riders


CFL.ca Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that non-import defensive back Paul Woldu has re-signed with the team, while non-import receiver Jade Etienne has agreed to terms. As per team policy financial details of the contracts were not released.

Woldu will be entering his seventh CFL season and third with the Green and White, after originally signing with the team as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season. Last year, the Regina native led the team with 21 special teams tackles while appearing in all 18 regular season games. He added 1 special teams tackle and one fumble recovery in the playoffs.

The University of Saskatchewan product has played 98 career regular season games totaling 38 defensive tackles, 72 special teams tackles, and three interceptions – returning one 72 yards for a touchdown.

He is a three time Grey Cup champion winning with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009 and 2010 before adding his third in 2013 with the Roughriders.

Etienne was acquired by the Riders in trade from Winnipeg on February 6th.

The University of Saskatchewan product will be entering his fourth CFL season after originally being selected in the first round (4th overall) by Winnipeg in the 2011 Canadian Draft.  Last season the Regina native totaled 19 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns in 14 regular season games.

The Riders also announced they have released import running back Chris Garrett and import defensive back Milt Collins.