Riders sign productive veteran linebacker Larry Dean

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American linebacker Larry Dean, per league sources. 

The 32-year-old Dean started 17 games at middle linebacker for the Edmonton Football Team in 2019, registering 86 defensive tackles, eight tackles for loss, three special teams tackles, one quarterback sack and four pass knockdowns. For his efforts, Dean was named a West Division all-star and Edmonton’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The six-foot, 226-pound native of Tifton, Georgia has appeared in 72 career CFL games with 69 starts at middle linebacker over four seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2016-18) and EE Football Team (2019). He’s made 365 defensive tackles, 16 pass knock downs, 13 tackles for loss, eight special teams tackles, six quarterback sacks, six fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, three interceptions, and scored one defensive touchdown on an interception return.

Dean is a three-time divisional all-star in 2017, 2018, 2019 and was the East Division’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2018.

Prior to his arrival in the CFL, the Valdosta State University product appeared in 61 career NFL games with the Minnesota Vikings (2011-2013) and Buffalo Bills (2014), registering 37 defensive tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2012, Dean was one of only 11 special teams players on the NFC’s Pro Bowl ballot.

The Riders have secured a productive veteran in Dean.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.