Riders Extend All-Star Safety James PatrickPosted by at 10:52 am
James Patrick had a breakthrough season in 2010 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and in turn has been awarded with a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 28 year old import safety led the CFL in interceptions in 2010 with nine, and was named a CFL and West division all star. He also chipped in with 68 defensive tackles. In his three year career, Patrick has 136 tackles and 13 interceptions.
“James is a big part of what we do on defence,” Rider GM Brendan Taman said. “There are a lot of guys in the option-year situation and we don’t usually get to them until April or May. But he was a pretty key element to what we do here and we knew he was right at the top of the list to try to get extended. We were fortunate over the last few days to get it done.”
Patrick was going into the option year of his contract and was a priority of the Riders to be re-signed. The earlier release of Omarr Morgan likely freed up cap money to sign the playmaking safety. The Riders are also looking at re-signing receiver Weston Dressler.