Former Rider Otha Foster signs with the B.C. Lions

The B.C. Lions have signed former Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Otha Foster.

Foster played in just three games last season for the Riders after returning from an unsuccessful stint in the NFL last September. He registered 11 tackles.

But the 29-year-old was once considered one of the best strong-side linebackers in the CFL. He’s played in 54 games over four seasons, registering 184 defensive tackles, six sacks and three interceptions.

“Otha is a talented and hard-hitting defensive back who can play both secondary spots as well as the nickel position,” general manager Ed Hervey said in a statement. “He brings us significant game-ready experience and is a definite upgrade for our defence.”

Foster will help fill the void created when Chandler Fenner signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.