The Saskatchewan Roughriders and defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II have reportedly agreed to terms to bring the lineman back to the 306.
According to an anonymous source, Lanier II has re-upped in Saskatchewan on a one-year contract extension that takes him through the 2024 season.
The 30-year-old will return to the green and white for his fourth season with the club, collecting 51 tackles, 14 sacks, and two forced fumbles over his first three CFL seasons.
The Savannah, Georgia native missed four games last year, half of them to a foot injury and the other half to a hip injury. In the 14 games he did play in however, Lanier II tied for the most tackles he’s put up in a season with 19, to go along with throwing the quarterback down five times.
While playing on the interior of the defensive line in his first two seasons in Riderville, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman primarily played on the edge in 2023, showing versatility and the ability to play across the defensive front.
The Riders sat dead last in sacks in the CFL with 37 last season, while new head coach Corey Mace led the defence atop that category by a wide margin last season, with the Toronto Argonauts accumulating 68 dumps. The re-signing of Lanier II is sure to help address that issue.
Saskatchewan continues to fortify the trenches on the defensive line with the signing of the Alabama A&M alum, after coming to terms with American Miles Brown and Canadian Charbel Dabire earlier this off-season.
Former all-star Micah Johnson, DeMarcus Christmas, and Pete Robertson all remain unsigned along the Roughriders front four ahead of CFL free agency opening up on Feb. 13.
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