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Roughriders Add All-Star Defensive Back Marcus Sayles

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed former CFL All-Star defensive back Marcus Sayles.

The Alpharetta, Georgia native was released by the B.C. Lions following training camp after spending the last three seasons on the West Coast. As a member of the orange and black, Sayles recorded 161 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two sacks across 49 games. The 29-year-old was named a CFL All-Star in 2022 thanks to career highs in tackles (68) and interceptions (4).

Before his time in B.C. the 5-foot-9, 176-pound cover man spent two seasons in Winnipeg, collecting 143 tackles, six interceptions, five forced fumbles, and two sacks across 34 games. In his final year in Bomber Land in 2019, Sayles was named a West Division All-Star while helping Winnipeg claim a Grey Cup.

Prior to the CFL, Sayles spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams in the NFL.

Sayles has primarily played at halfback throughout his career in the CFL, but it will be interesting to see where he slots in. Rolan Milligan Jr. and Amari Henderson are currently pencilled in as the starters at halfback, while second-year man Deontai Williams and former second-overall pick and Canadian Nelson Lokombo look primed to man the outside.

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