Veteran quarterback Drew Tate signs with Riders

Former Stampeders and Redblacks quarterback Drew Tate has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The 33-year-old appeared in 18 games for Ottawa last season as the backup to Trevor Harris, making one start. He completed 30 passes on 43 attempts for 338 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. The Redblacks released Tate in February.

Tate spent two years on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster before signing with the Stampeders in 2009 and playing eight seasons in Calgary. He won two Grey Cup championships on his career with 410 completions on 615 attempts (66 per cent completion rate) for 5,008 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while adding 162 carries for 629 yards and 24 touchdowns.

He has been working this season as a defensive analyst at Coastal Carolina University.

Tate would be eligible to play in the post-season and his signing is sure to raise questions about the health of the current Rider quarterbacks. Starter Zach Collaros left the team’s last game against the B.C. Lions after taking a headshot from defensive end Odell Willis. Back up Brandon Bridge took over and gave way to third-stringer David Watford late in the fourth quarter.

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