Riders release Regina native, national DL Zack Evans

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released Canadian defensive lineman Zack Evans.

Evans leaves the Riders after a total of four years with his hometown team, part of his eight-year CFL career.  

The Regina native got his start with the Canadian Junior Football League’s Regina Thunder before signing with the Riders in 2012 as a territorial junior. In his first two years with the Riders, Evans played 16 games, and in 2013 won his first Grey Cup on the field where he grew up playing minor football.  

“We want to thank Zack for all his efforts while he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” general manager Jeremy O’Day said in a statement.

“Not only did he represent the Green and White with pride on the field, but he also went above and beyond to give back to the province he grew up in. We wish him all the best going forward.”

Evans was selected in the expansion draft by the Ottawa Redblacks in winter of 2013 and went on to play 70 regular season games, make three playoff appearances and win the 2016 Grey Cup with Ottawa before returning home to Saskatchewan in 2018. 

After that, the 30-year-old Evans played two more seasons with the Riders, for a total 115 career games played, collecting 101 defensive tackles, 24 sacks, one interception, two touchdowns and a forced fumble. 

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