January 31, 2019

Riders, Edem agree to two-year contract extension

Jason Halstead/CFL.ca

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national safety Mike Edem to a two-year contract extension, keeping him with the club through 2020, the team announced on Thursday. Edem was set to become a free agent in February.

The six-foot-one, 210-pounder will remain with the Riders after spending the previous two seasons with the team. The 29-year-old was originally acquired by the Green and White in a May, 2017 trade.

Last season, Edem registered a career-high 61 defensive tackles while adding 10 special-teams tackles, two tackles for loss and two interceptions in starting all 18 regular-season games. He also started the Western Semi-Final, registering two defensive tackles and a quarterback sack.

Edem was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2013 CFL Draft. After three seasons in Montreal, Edem was acquired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in October of 2015. He went on to spend 2016 with the B.C. Lions after joining the club as a free agent.

Through six CFL seasons, Edem has collected 172 defensive tackles, 50 special-teams tackles, eight interceptions, five quarterback sacks and four tackles for loss.

He was named an East Division All-Star in 2013.