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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed receiver Shaq Evans to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, per sources.

Evans recorded 72 catches for a team-leading 1,334 yards and five touchdowns last year. His first 1,000-yard season while displaying the potential to be a long-term No. 1 target in the CFL. He’s a pending free agent but prior to leaving Regina after the season was over, Evans met face-to-face with Riders’ general manager Jeremy O’Day.

The 28-year-old Evans earned $76,400 for his efforts in 2019. In order for the Riders to be able to secure Evans for the future, it’s going to take in the area of $200,000. Only three players produced more yards than Evans last year, CFL MOP Brandon Banks, Bryan Burnham and Reggie Begelton. Banks is scheduled to make $195,000 in hard money for 2020, Burnham checks in at $202,000 while Begelton parlayed his success into a contract with the Green Bay Packers.

The best big play target in the league during the 2019 season was Evans. He averaged 18.5 yards per reception, which topped all qualified players and led the CFL with 15 catches of 30 or more yards. There were flashes shown in 2018 when the 28-year-old nabbed 50 balls for 785 yards — 15.7 yards per grab — and six plays of 30 or more yards.

Evans and his play-making ability are staying in Saskatchewan with quarterback Cody Fajardo.

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