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Double D-Line: Roughriders Re-Sign Micah Johnson, Sign One More

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have extended six-time all-star Micah Johnson and have brought in fellow defensive lineman Elijah Ponder.

Johnson signed a one-year deal allowing him to remain in Riderville through 2024. The three-time CFL all-star and six-time divisional all-star played in all 18 games for Saskatchewan last season, tallying 27 tackles (one was for a loss) and five sacks. The 35-year-old is in his second stint in the Green and White and has collected 52 tackles and 11 sacks as a Roughrider.

The Roughriders also announced the signing of Cincinnati standout Elijah Ponder. The former Bearcat had a productive collegiate career making 64 tackles (including 13 for loss), five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one pass knockdown.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman has previously spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, before most recently playing with the Seattle Sea Dragons in the XFL.

The defensive line is seemingly set ahead of the start of the free agency with the re-signing of Anthony Lanier II and agreeing to terms with Malik Carney earlier this month. Miles Brown and Charbel Dabire were also extended this off-season, while Lake Korte-Morte and Christian Albright remain under contract.

Defensive end Pete Robertson and defensive tackle DeMarcus Christmas remain unsigned, with their future in Saskatchewan in limbo.

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