Riders, star LB Solomon Elimimian ‘ways apart’ in contract discussions

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and star linebacker Solomon Elimimian are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to contract discussions.

The 33-year-old Elimimian was named a West Division all-star last season after recording 88 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games.

Elimimian signed a one-year contract worth approximately $160,000 with the Riders in early May after the B.C. Lions released the defender in 2019. The final year of his Lions pact would have paid Elimimian in the $200,000 range.

Leos general manager Ed Hervey felt Elimimian’s time was up as an elite player in the CFL. Agent Bardia Ghahremani accused Hervey of ‘shady business’ surrounding the handling and timing of Elimimian’s release.

The veteran linebacker played nine years in Vancouver and compiled an impressive resume, bursting on the scene in 2010 as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie. He became the first strictly defensive player to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 2014, earning two Most Outstanding Defensive Player Awards and five CFL all-star nods while on the Left coast.

Through 133 career games, Elimimian has made 833 tackles, 36 special teams stops, 33 sacks, eight interceptions and nine forced fumbles. The Lions won the 2011 Grey Cup on home turf with Elimimian as the club’s defensive leader.

While playing for Saskatchewan, Elimimian displayed he can still play at a high level despite his age.

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