Canadian linebacker Micah Teitz’s contract extension a bargain for Riders

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Canadian linebacker Micah Teitz re-signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week following his first season as a full-time starter at weak-side linebacker.

Per sources, Teitz received a $12,500 signing bonus to ink a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Riders through 2023. He is set to earn a $74,000 base salary in 2022 along with $13,500 in playtime, $12,000 in housing money, a $2,000 travel allowance, and a $1,000 training allowance.

The University of Calgary product will collect $115,000 from Saskatchewan in 2022 if he plays all 18 regular season games, plus an additional $100 for each special teams tackle he records. Teitz’s salary increases to $79,000 in 2023 with the rest of his contract remaining the same, which brings the second year of his deal to a value of $120,000.

Those numbers are a bargain for the Riders as Teitz is coming off a career year during which he recorded 64 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, and three sacks in 13 games. His signing bonus will count against the 2021 salary cap because he signed the extension in December, further lowering his cap number for 2022.

The 25-year-old earned approximately $85,000 during the 2021 season, not including the signing bonus he received just prior to the end of the calendar year.

Canadian linebacker Boseko Lokombo will make $127,500 with the B.C. Lions in 2022, while Chris Ackie is set to make $135,000 including $13,500 in playtime with the Montreal Alouettes. Lokombo and Ackie have longer track records than Teitz, but Teitz is still a good deal for Saskatchewan at $115,000.

The Riders also re-signed veteran defensive back Nick Marshall to a contract extension worth $115,000, including a $20,000 signing bonus. He has started at boundary cornerback for the past three seasons in Regina, making 95 tackles, 11 interceptions, and one forced fumble in 44 regular season games.

Saskatchewan has already re-signed a number of their top pending free agents, including Teitz, Marshall, and offensive linemen Evan Johnson and Logan Ferland. Some big names the club has yet to bring back include receiver Duke Williams, defensive tackle Micah Johnson, defensive end A.C. Leonard, halfback Ed Gainey, and safety Mike Edem.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.