February 21, 2017

Riders ink defensive tackle Minter

David Chidley/CFL.ca

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some muscle to the middle of their defensive line, announcing Tuesday the addition of defensive tackle Zach Minter.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound international joins the Riders after spending last season with the Calgary Stampeders, with whom he picked up six defensive tackles and two quarterbacks sacks while starting three of five regular season games played.

The 26-year-old Montana State product spent the previous season with the BC Lions after signing with the team in March, 2015. Starting seven of 10 regular season games, Minter registered 16 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks.

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Before coming to the CFL, Minter spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. He signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013 with whom he went on to play two regular season NFL games.

The move marks a busy first week of free agency for Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones, whose biggest splash came with the addition of offensive tackle Derek Dennis, one of free agency’s highest-profile names.

The Riders have also added national safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette, national offensive lineman Ryan White, international receiver Chad Owens and national running backs Kienan Lafrance and Aaron Milton.