The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 2021 potential free agent list

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatchewan Roughriders didn’t play football in 2020.

However, the contract years counted for all players, which leaves a lot of work for Riders general manager Jeremy O’Day for potentially playing in 2021.

When Saskatchewan takes the field again, quarterback Cody Fajardo will be leading the way as he’s signed through the 2021 season. Although, offensive stars such as running back William Powell, receiver Shaq Evans, playmaker Kyran Moore and Jordan Williams-Lambert are pending free agents in February.

On defence, pass rusher Charleston Hughes, linebackers Solomon Elimimian and Cameron Judge along with the majority of the starting defensive backfield have expiring contracts — Nick Marshall, Ed Gainey, Mike Edem and L.J. McCray. Otha Foster was tabbed to replace Derrick Moncrief at strong-side linebacker, but he’ll need to be re-signed if he’s in the future plans.

Specialists Jorgen Hus, Brett Lauther and hometown talent Jon Ryan are pending free agents.

The complete list of every single Rider players contract status:


James Franklin (I)

Running back

William Powell (I)


Patrick Lavoie (N)


Shaq Evans (I)
Kyran Moore (I)
Jordan Williams-Lambert (I)
Kenny Stafford (I)
Carlos Henderson (I)

Offensive line

Terran Vaughn (I)
Braden Schram (N)
Josiah St. John (N)
Rene Brassea (G)

Defensive line

Charleston Hughes (I)
DL Jordan Reaves (N)
Charbel Dabire (N)
Jeremy Faulk (I)


Solomon Elimimian (I)
Cameron Judge (N)
Otha Foster (I)
Alexandre Chevrier (N)
Nakas Onyeka (N)
Micah Teitz (N)

Defensive back

Ed Gainey (I)
Nick Marshall (I)
Mike Edem (N)
L.J. McCray (I)
Blace Brown (I)
Denzel Radford (N)


LS Jorgen Hus (N)
K Brett Lauther (N)
P Jon Ryan (N)

Players who remain under contract for next season are signed through the following years.

QB Cody Fajardo (I) — 2021
QB Isaac Harker (I) — 2021
QB Justice Hansen (I) — 2021

RB Jeremy Langford (I) — 2021
RB Jamal Morrow (I) — 2021
RB Terry Swanson (I) — 2021
RB Xavier Turner (I) — 2021
RB David Savard (N) — 2021
RB Atlee Simon (N) — 2021
RB Kienan LaFrance (N) — 2021

FB Albert Awachie (N) — 2021

REC Brayden Lenius (N) — 2021
REC Justin McInnis (N) — 2021
REC Mitchell Picton (N) — 2021
REC Paul McRoberts (I) — 2021
REC Xavier Ubosi (I) — 2021
REC Randy Satterfield (I) — 2021
REC Rashad Greene (I) — 2021
REC Demarcus Ayers (I) — 2021

OL Dakoda Shepley (N) — 2021
OL Dan Clark (N) — 2021
OL Brendon LaBatte (N) — 2021
OL Lanard Bonner (I) — 2021
OL Takoby Cofield (I) — 2021
OL Logan Ferland (I) — 2021
OL Cameron Jefferson (I) — 2021
OL Devon Johnson (I) — 2021
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (I) — 2021
OL Vincent Roy (N) — 2021

DL A.C. Leonard (I) — 2021
DL Zack Evans (N) — 2022
DL Mathieu Breton (N) — 2021
DL Chad Geter (I) — 2021
DL Demetrius Harris (I) — 2021
DL Makana Henry (N) — 2021
DL Kelcy Quarles (I) — 2021
DL Sterling Shippy (I) — 2021
DL Cory Thomas (I) — 2021

LB Oluwaseun Idowu (I) — 2021

DB Jacob Janke (N) – 2021
DB Loucheiz Purifoy (I) — 2021
DB Elie Bouka (N) — 2021
DB Jacob Dearborn (N) — 2021
DB Shamar Busby (N) — 2021
DB Tony Lippett (I) — 2021
DB Zach Sanchez (I) — 2021
DB Damon Webb (I) — 2021

2020 draft class (all unsigned)

First round, sixth overall OL Mattland Riley (N)
Fourth round, 30th overall REC Kian Schaffer-Baker (N)
Fourth round, 35th overall LB Junior Allen (N)
Fifth round, 44th overall DB Vincent Dethier (N)
Sixth round, 53rd overall RB Jonathan Femi-Cole (N)
Seventh round, 62nd overall OL Jesse Lawson (N)
Eighth round, 71st overall DL Neville Gallimore (N)

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.