Riders ink all-star DL Charleston Hughes to extension

Saskatchewan has signed defensive lineman Charleston Hughes to an extension through the 2019 season with the Riders, per sources.

The 34-year-old was acquired in early February when the Riders sent quarterback Vernon Adams to Hamilton for Hughes and would’ve been a free agent after the 2018 season prior to the new contract.

Hughes was a CFL all-star in 2017 recording 40 tackles, 11 sacks and one forced fumble in 14 games.  The two-time Grey Cup champion played in 147 games for the Stampeders recording 372 tackles, 99 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, three interceptions and one defensive touchdown.

Hughes has led the CFL in sacks twice in his career, 2013 and 2016. He left Calgary tied for the franchise record in sacks at 99. Five out of the last six seasons Hughes has notched double-digit sack totals and been a league all-star four times.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Riders ink all-star DL Charleston Hughes to extension

  1. I would be curious to know if a restructured deal for 2018 was part of this extension?

    • That would make sense – can’t believe that they have much money left in the “piggy bank” for this season!

  2. Riders2013 // February 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

    Good news. Very interested to see the Riders d-line in action this season. And the o-line too for that matter. Still waiting to hear some news on Campbell or is Bond slated for LT going into camp?

    • I think Bond almost has to be the front runner to start at LT. I can’t really see Campbell being signed anywhere unless an emergency comes up because of his suspension/previous retirement.

  3. Extension through 2019!!!!! He will be a cap casualty like all of the rest of the high priced players. The team never seems to hold up their end of the contract.

  4. White Horse // February 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm //

    Stands to reason that when his 2019 Bonus is due they will likely cut him. (35yrs old)Possibly his two year contract is bonus laden and now spread over two seasons. Good to renegotiate and watch out for C. Hughes this coming season. He isn’t Joe Montford or James Quick Parker but he is close talent wise.

    • Riders2013 // February 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm //

      I guess he should have a stellar 2018 and prove that he should be kept around for 2019 or risk getting cut then – it’s a performance-based business. Don’t think any agents will be negotiating for 2019 bonuses considering the league directive that teams withhold bonuses in 2019.

  5. disgrundled // February 19, 2018 at 6:17 pm //

    So much for the vaunted Jones/Murphy scouting and recruitment department. Signing other teams declining castoffs will build the dynasty Craig Reynolds talks about.

    • I am not necessarily disagreeing with you, but I think the ‘Riders have done some good scouting and have these young players waiting in the wings. Jones has to get some proven vets to tide over the transition until the “pups” are ready to howl!

  6. Hope who the Riders sign and why doesn’t affect your day too much.

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