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Leonard signs overtime with Riders

The Riders locked up 2021 CFL sackguard AC Leonard with 11 for a two-year contract extension.

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US defensive end AC Leonard, the 2021 CFL sack pointer, has resigned with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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The Riders announced Monday that Leonard has signed a two-year extension until the 2023 season. Leonard, who led the CFL with 11 sacks, was eligible to become a free agent on February 8.

Leonard was a defensive force with the Riders in 2021. In addition to his 11 league-leading sacks, he made 41 defensive tackles, six tackles for a loss, two knockdowns, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble. recovery.

He also played in both Riders’ playoff games, recording seven defensive tackles and two knockdowns.

Leonard was limited to 11 regular season games in 2021. He was suspended for three games for failing to provide a sample for drug testing and for verbal abuse and unacceptable behavior towards a doping control officer.

Leonard entered the CFL as a tight end with the BC Lions. He made his CFL debut on July 17, 2015, registering four receptions for 26 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 victory over the Riders.

The following year he signed with the Riders as a free agent and was quickly converted to a defensive end by then head coach Chris Jones Leonard, who had five sacks in 16 games in 2016. .

In total, he played 62 games for the Greens and Whites, registering 151 defensive tackles and 30 sacks. He spent the 2018 season with the Ottawa Redblacks, with whom he was named to the Eastern Division All-Star after registering 49 defensive tackles and six sacks.

Leonard played two seasons at Tennessee State as receiver, recording 1,174 yards and 11 touchdowns on 85 receptions.

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