February 28th, 2024

Source: Saskatchewan Roughriders re-sign veteran Lanier II to contract extension

By The Canadian Press on January 29, 2024.

Anthony Lanier II will be returning for a fourth season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (19) is tackled by Lanier II (91) during the first half of CFL football action at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

REGINA – Anthony Lanier II will be returning for a fourth season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

According to a league source, the six-foot-six, 285-pound defensive lineman signed a one-year contract extension with the CFL club Monday. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity as the Riders haven’t announced the move.

But Saskatchewan did announce Monday that Canadian defensive back Nelson Lokombo, the second player taken in the 2021 CFL draft, had signed a one-year extension with the club.

Both Lanier II and Lokombo were slated to become CFL free agents next month.,

Lanier II, a 30-year-old Georgia native, has appeared in 35 career regular-season games with Saskatchewan. He has registered 51 tackles, 14 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Lokombo, who played his college football at the University of Saskatchewan, has played in 23 regular-season games (starting five) with the Riders. He has recorded 18 tackles, four special-teams tackles and a forced fumble.

At the University of Saskatchewan, Lokombo earned the Presidents’ Trophy as Canadian university football’s top defensive player.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers agree to extension with Canadian centre Kolankowski

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with Canadian centre Chris Kolankowski on Monday.

Kolankowski was slated to become a free agent Feb. 13.

The six-foot-one, 309-pound Toronto native started all 18 regular-season games last season with Winnipeg. He’s entering his seventh CFL season and fourth with the Blue Bombers.

Kolankowski was originally drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in 2016.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 29, 2024.

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