Riders add former NFL offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio

The Riders are trying to tackle a hole in their roster.

Saskatchewan has signed former NFL offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

The Riders will be entering training camp looking for a new right tackle. The man who held that job last year — Thaddeus Coleman remains a free-agent.

Kouandjio was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old joins the Riders as a five-year NFL veteran.

The Cameroon native spent three seasons with the Bills playing in 25 games with seven starts at offensive tackle. He then went on to attend training camp with the Detroit Lions before signing with the Denver Broncos in November of 2017. Kouandjio spent two seasons in Denver, playing in five games and making one start.  

Before turning pro, Kouandjio spent three seasons at the University of Alabama helping the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships in 2012 and 2013. Kouandjio played in eight games in his freshman season. He went on to be their top offensive lineman, starting in 27 games over the next two seasons. 

In 2013, Kouandjio was named first-team All-SEC, consensus All-American and was a semi-finalist for the Outland Trophy as the best college football interior lineman. In 2012, Kouandjio and the Crimson Tide were SEC Champions.  

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic. He is also a beer aficionado.