Riders sign playmaker Marcus Thigpen to extension

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have inked Marcus Thigpen to a contract extension.

Thigpen was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

The 32-year-old originally signed with the Riders in September 2017. He played two games that regular season and rushed for 169 yards with one touchdown in Saskatchewan’s East semifinal win over Ottawa last year.

Thigpen suited up for 13 games rushing 48 times for 408 yards and four touchdowns adding 24 catches for 233 yards and one touchdown in 2018.

The dynamic playmaker played in 35 games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats over two seasons in 2010 and 2011, returning 86 kick-offs for 1,643 yards and one touchdown, 116 punts for 1,063 yards and one touchdown and 11 missed field goals for 544 yards and three majors – 118 yards the longest. Thigpen had an impact on offence too, grabbing 48 receptions for 616 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 52 rushes for 313 yards and three more scores.

NFL teams took notice and Thigpen signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he played two seasons, and he played for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders as well. Over 50 games in the NFL, the Indiana University product had 2,525 kick return yards on 107 attempts and one touchdown, 919 punt return yards on 95 tries and two touchdowns. And added eight rushes for 25 yards on offence and nine receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

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