Chuck is back: Riders sign veteran defensive end Charleston Hughes

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed free agent defensive end Charleston Hughes.

The 38-year-old led the CFL with 16 sacks during the 2019 season as a member of the Riders, adding 50 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown in 17 games.

Hughes signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts in February 2021 after he was unable to agree to a contract extension with Saskatchewan. He played nine games with the Boatmen, recording 18 tackles and two sacks during the shortened 14-game regular season.

The six-foot-one, 246-pound pass rusher has led the CFL in sacks five times in his career: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The two-time Grey Cup champion had spent his entire career in Calgary until he was dealt to Hamilton and then to Saskatchewan. Hughes was acquired in February 2018 when the Riders sent quarterback Vernon Adams to the Ticats.

Hughes has played 190 career CFL games with Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Toronto, recording 475 tackles, 132 sacks, 30 forced fumbles, three interceptions, and three defensive touchdowns. He won the Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2008 and 2014.