REGINA — Just over a week since being released from BC, Solomon Elimimian has landed with one of the Lions’ rivals, inking a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday morning.
The star defender was one of 10 cuts announced last week by the Lions, in accordance with the CFL’s requirement that team rosters be reduced to 75 players by May 1.
The 32-year-old has accumulated a number of CFL awards during his tenure with the Leos, including the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010, Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2014 and 2016 and became the first defensive player in the modern era to win Most Outstanding Player in 2014.
Why was a stalwart of the BC Lions defence released? DJ and Davis discuss Solomon Elimimian‘s departure from BC at the 34-minute mark of this week’s edition of The Waggle, presented by Sportclips.
Elimimian is a four-time CFL All-Star (2011, 2014, 2016, 2017) and a five-time CFL West Division All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). He is also a Grey Cup Champion winning the trophy with the Lions in 2011.
In 118 career games, Elimimian has collected 745 defensive tackles, eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles. Additionally, he’s surpassed 100 defensive tackles three times in his career (2014, 2016, 2017), holds the CFL’s single season record for most tackles in a season (2014) and holds three of the top four all-time records in that same category.