Versatile Canadian defender Mike Edem re-signs with Riders for 2021 season

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian defensive back Mike Edem to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

He was eligible to be a free agent on February 9, 2020.

Edem enters his fourth year with the Riders after a 2019 season that saw him named a West-Division all-star. The six-foot-one, 210-pound defender played in all 18 regular season games, plus the West Final, and collected 69 tackles, seven special teams tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble, which resulted in the best season of his CFL career.

Edem was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the first round, third overall during the 2013 CFL Draft. After three seasons with the Als, Edem was acquired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in October of 2015. He went on to spend 2016 with the B.C. Lions before joining the Riders via trade in the spring of 2017.

Through seven CFL seasons and 111 games, Edem has collected 239 defensive tackles, 57 special-teams tackles, eight interceptions and eight quarterback sacks. He was also named an East Division All-Star in 2013.