Retaining Gainey: Saskatchewan Roughriders re-sign star DB Ed Gainey

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back Ed Gainey to a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season. 

Gainey was eligible to become a free agent on February 9, 2021.

He enters his fifth season with the Riders and ninth in the CFL after initially joining the green and white in 2016. The 29-year-old played all 18 games for Saskatchewan in 2019, recording 56 tackles and two interceptions.

The 30-year-old has played in 114 career games and has made 272 defensive tackles, 34 special teams tackles, one sack, 20 interceptions, four touchdowns and four forced fumbles.

The North Carolina native is a two-time CFL all-star (2017, 2018) and was the Riders’ nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2017 after an exceptional ten-interception season.