Back to the prairies: Roughriders re-sign star strong-side LB Derrick Moncrief

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed strong-side linebacker Derrick Moncrief to a two-year contract through the 2023 season.

The six-foot-two, 220-pound Moncrief returns to the Riders, where his pro football career began, after two years away.

His first tenure in Green and White came to an end in January 2020, when he signed an NFL contract. He played one regular season game with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8, spending the rest of that year on the practice roster. Moncrief signed with the Edmonton Elks in September of 2021 and played nine games, tallying 23 defensive tackles and four sacks.

The Alabama native initially signed with Saskatchewan in 2017 and went on to play 35 regular season games over three seasons. He had a career year in 2019, that culminated in a CFL all-star nod, after making 69 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble. All told, he tallied 126 defensive tackles in Green and White, while adding four sacks, five interceptions and one forced fumble.

Collegiately, Moncrief spent two seasons at Oklahoma State (2015-2016) playing in 13 NCAA games and registering 16 defensive tackles and one tackle for loss. He spent the 2014 season at Auburn University where he played in 13 games and made 27 defensive tackles and one forced fumble.