For Pete’s sake: Riders re-sign top pass rusher Pete Robertson

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have re-signed American defensive end Pete Robertson ahead of CFL free agency.

The six-foot-two, 243-pound pass rusher had a breakouts season in 2022, finishing with nine sacks — good enough for fourth in the CFL — despite missing four games due to injury. He added 21 defensive tackles, one interception, one pass knockdown, one tackle for loss and a league-high five forced fumbles. 

Robertson first joined the Riders ahead of the cancelled 2020 season but did not see action until August 6, 2021. He went on to play 11 games that season, registering 10 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles and five sacks. He added another six defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and one quarterback sack during the team’s playoff run.  

Prior to signing in the CFL, the 30-year-old played in six career NFL games and notched four tackles. He spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Commanders.

The Longview, Texas native went undrafted after playing five seasons at Texas Tech University. He made 227 career tackles, 22 sacks, 39.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one touchdown, eight pass knockdowns, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 52 career games.

As a junior, Robertson was named to the All-Big 12 second team after tallying 81 tackles, 13 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He ranked first in the Big 12 Conference and sixth in the country with his 13 sacks.