Riders re-sign Canadian OL Braden Schram; three others return to Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national offensive lineman Braden Schram and Global receiver Max Zimmermann. 

Schram returns for his third season with the Riders after a 2019 campaign where he played in 10 regular season games. The six-foot-four, 312-pound Schram was part of an offensive line that allowed 37 sacks last season.

Prior to the CFL, the Alberta native played four seasons at the University of Calgary from 2013 to 2016, starting 31 games for the Dinos. He was named a Canada West all-star in 2014 and 2015 and was a first team U Sports all-Canadian in 2015.

Schram was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the second round, 13th overall of the 2017 CFL Draft and signed with the Riders in July 2018. Schram was eligible to become a free agent on February 9, 2021.

Zimmermann rejoins the Roughriders after winning the Finnish Football Championship the Maple Bowl with the Kuopio Steelers in 2020. The 26-year-old German was selected by the Roughriders sixth overall in the 2019 European Draft and will continue his career in green and white in 2021.

The five-foot-11, 195-pound Zimmermann dressed for one game with the Riders in 2019 before being moved to the practice roster. Prior to the CFL, he spent two seasons in the German Football League (2017-2018) and made 60 receptions for 1,242 yards and 18 touchdowns on the way to winning the 2018 European Football League Bowl. 

Additionally, American defensive linemen Demetrius Harris and Cory Thomas have opted back into their contracts for the 2021 season.

Harris opted out of his contract in 2020. The defensive lineman played NCAA ball at Fort Valley State University where he won the 2019 Don Hansen All-Super Region Two Defensive Player of the Year. The 24-year-old was also named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for his 2019 season.

The six-foot-two, 248-pound Harris led the NCAA Division II in sacks and was fifth in tackles for loss while registering a total 43 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one touchdown in 10 games played.

The six-foot-six, 312-pound Thomas spent the 2019 NFL pre-season with the Miami Dolphins, playing in four games and making one tackle. Prior to turning pro, Thomas played five collegiate seasons with Mississippi State University.

Throughout his time as a Bulldog, he played 39 games, including six starts at defensive tackle, finishing his career with 51 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and three pass break ups. The Alabama native was injured during the 2017 season but came back in his senior year to collect a season high-three tackles in a game twice, a career high in sacks and set a career-high in tackles for loss. 

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