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Saskatchewan Secure Shawn Bane Jr. For Two More Years

Super Shawn Bane Jr. and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, keeping the American in the 306 through 2025.

The 28-year-old will collect $170,000 in 2024, and $175,000 in 2025, plus incentives to potentially grow those numbers even larger. Bane Jr. was one of the top pending free agents heading to the open market following a breakout 2023 season with the Green and White.

In his first year with the club, the 5-foot-9, 178-pound slotback led the Riders in receiving yards with 1,104 (seventh best in the CFL), which marked the highest total by a first-year Saskatchewan receiver since Weston Dressler in 2008. Also, Bane Jr. led the league in receptions with 93 and hauled in four touchdowns. The speedster showcased the ability to run after the catch as well, finishing third in the league in yards after the catch with 433.

“Happy to get Shawn back,” said Roughriders general manager Jeremy O’Day to reporters.

“When we signed him in free agency (last year), we were trying to add a little bit of speed to our receiving corps and Shawn has the ability to break the long ones. He brings an element to our offence that we’re looking for.”

Before joining Riderville last season, he spent three years catching passes for the Calgary Stampeders. In the 13 games he played over that span, he made 24 catches for 388 yards, to go along with two touchdowns.

Saskatchewan’s receiving core is presumably nearly set, with Canadians Kian Schaffer-Baker, Brayden Lenius, Samuel Emilus, and Mitchell Picton all under contract. Emilus, however, has had multiple NFL workouts and has until Feb.13 to sign down south.

Canadian target Juwan Brescacin and American pass catcher Tevin Jones remain unsigned.

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