December 18, 2018

Riders ink pending FA Evans through 2022

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REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national defensive lineman Zack Evans to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday, keeping him with the club through 2022.

In his return to Saskatchewan, Evans played in all 18 games in 2018. He collected 15 defensive tackles, one sack, one touchdown and one forced fumble. He is a veteran of seven seasons after originally entering the CFL with the Riders as a territorial junior in 2012.

Before joining the Riders, the 28-year-old spent four seasons in Ottawa with the REDBLACKS. With the Riders in 2012 and 2013, Evans played in 16 games and tallied three defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and one sack.

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In 104 career games, Evans has amassed 102 defensive tackles, 23 sacks, five fumble recoveries and one interception. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion – winning with the Riders in 2013 and with Ottawa in 2016.

Evans was eligible to become a free agent on Feb. 12, 2019.