Saskatchewan Roughriders sign defensive lineman Stefen Banks

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive lineman Stefen Banks, the club announced on Tuesday.

The six-foot-one, 260-pound edge rusher spent the last two seasons as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. He dressed for a total of 23 games and recorded 36 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, eight sacks, and one forced fumble in what was predominantly a rotational role.

The 25-year-old made 226 total tackles, 51.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, six knockdowns, and two interceptions over 41 collegiate games at Savannah State University from 2015 to 2018. He was named All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference three times and was an FCS All-American in 2017.

The native of Columbus, Ohio had a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns after going unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed with the Stampeders in February 2020 and made his CFL debut the following year after one cancelled season.

Saskatchewan released starting defensive end A.C. Leonard two weeks ago in a cap-related move.