Reunited with the Riders: defensive lineman Micah Johnson signs with Saskatchewan

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed defensive lineman Micah Johnson, per league sources.

It’s a one-year contract for the 2021 season.

In 2019, the 32-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Riders worth $250,000. That made Johnson the highest paid defensive player in the CFL at the time. He recorded 26 tackles and four sacks in 15 games during his first year in green and white.

Even though Johnson had a lower sack total than expected in his first season in Saskatchewan, advanced analytics in the football operations department displayed clear data. Johnson was doubled teamed on over 80 percent of the snaps while on the field for the Riders.

Johnson was a CFL all-star in 2018 producing 28 tackles, 14 quarterback takedowns — second most in the league — with three forced fumbles and one interception. That’s how he became known as the most disruptive inside force in the CFL.

Through six seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, Johnson recorded 158 tackles, 41 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Johnson turned down more than $200,000 from the Stamps to hit the open market and eventually switch to Saskatchewan.

Prior to coming north of the border, Johnson went unselected in the 2010 NFL draft. He spent his rookie training camp with the Miami Dolphins and made five tackles with 1.5 sacks in four pre-season contests. During Johnson’s NFL debut with the Dolphins he made one tackle. After stints on the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals practice squads, Johnson signed with Calgary in 2013.