REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders made it official on Friday, announcing the signing of defensive end Shawn Lemon.
Lemon became a free agent after being released, reportedly at his request, following the REDBLACKS’ appearance in the 103rd Grey Cup in November. The 27-year-old Charleston, S.C. native joined Ottawa mid-season after a stint in the NFL, recording five sacks and three forced fumbles in nine regular season games.
The news was initially reported on Thursday by TSN‘s Farhan Lalji, the same day the Riders made shockwaves around the CFL by releasing a pair of franchise players in receiver Weston Dressler and defensive end John Chick.
A five-year CFL veteran, Lemon has also played for Edmonton and Calgary and has recorded 27 sacks and 12 forced fumbles over 40 career regular season games. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Akron graduate won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2014 after logging a career year, forcing 13 sacks and forcing eight fumbles.
Lemon also spent a brief stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before, playing one regular season game with the team in 2011 after arriving mid-season.