The Corey Mace era is officially underway.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have reportedly signed former Toronto Argonaut A.J. Ouellette to a contract, bringing number 34 to the 306.
After singing Jameer Thurman earlier today, new Roughriders head coach Mace and the organization have brought in a second player the bench boss has previously coached.
The 28-year-old back set career highs across the board, finishing fourth in the CFL with 1,009 yards, second in the league with eight touchdowns, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
The 5-foot-9, 208-pound running back is coming off of back-to-back East Division all-star nods, while also showcasing some receiving chops during his time in Toronto. He caught 54 balls for 513 yards and three touchdowns during his all-star seasons. While also being one of the best-blocking running backs in the CFL, the Covington, Ohio native is a true three-tool back.
Ouellette will presumably take the reins as the leader in the backfield, with Jamal Morrow currently without a contract. Saskatchewan recently re-signed Frankie Hickson, while Canadian Thomas Bertrand-Hudon and Jerrion Ealy are on the payroll as well.
While no deal is official until the start of free agency on Feb. 13, Ouellete should be in the Green and White in a week’s time.
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