Riders repatriate Canadian DB Elie Bouka

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian defensive back Elie Bouka to a one-year contract through the 2019 season.

Bouka was waived by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and became a free agent on both sides of the border in February. The 26-year-old spent the 2018 season on injured reserve with Philadelphia.

Bouka was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in January 2018 to sign with the Eagles. The University of Calgary product signed with Saskatchewan in 2017 and played four games making three special teams tackles. The Riders drafted Bouka in the third-round, 24th overall in the 2016 CFL draft.

Bouka was initially signed in the NFL by the Arizona Cardinal as an undrafted free agent in 2016, even though he was on the mend from a torn Achilles which kept him from playing in his final year with the Dinos.

A hamstring setback landed the cover man on injured reserve for the entire NFL season in 2016 with the Cardinals. He made a full salary that year, but Arizona released Bouka with an injury settlement early in 2017 training camp after he suffered an ankle setback.

The ultra-athletic defender could be a starting piece in the secondary for the Riders.

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