Riders make Duke Williams their second-highest-paid receiver

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have officially signed former CFL all-star receiver Duke Williams and made him the team’s second-highest-paid receiver.

His contract includes a $25,000 signing bonus, which has already been paid out in full. He will also earn a $12,000 housing bonus and a $2,000 travel bonus.

His base salary of $102,000 will be prorated over Saskatchewan’s six remaining games, totalling $34,000. This means he will earn $73,000 down the stretch of the regular season plus playoff money depending on whether or not the Riders qualify and how many postseason games they’re able to win.

Had his contract been in place for a full eighteen-game regular season, Williams would have earned $145,000.

The contract makes him Saskatchewan’s second-highest-paid receiver behind Shaq Evans, whose contract checks in at $165,000 for the season. Evans is the third-highest-paid receiver in the CFL behind Edmonton’s Derel Walker and B.C.’s Lemar Durant.

Kyran Moore is the third-highest-paid receiver with the Riders, earning $112,000 per season, while Jordan Williams-Lambert ranks just behind him at $110,000.

Cody Fajardo expressed frustration following Saskatchewan’s Week 9 loss to the Calgary Stampeders that his team wasn’t coming down with enough 50-50 balls. The Riders have since made a large investment to bring Williams into the fold, who should help make some much-needed contested catches.