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REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders addressed a need today, acquiring DL Jermaine McElveen from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for import receiver Lyle Leong Jr.

McElveen will be entering his sixth CFL season as he joins the Riders for the 2013 season. The University of Alabama-Birmingham product spent the 2012 season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats where he appeared in 15 regular season games totaling 31 defensive tackles and led the team with six quarterback sacks.

Prior to joining Hamilton, the 28-year-old spent four seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. In 68 career CFL regular season games he has totaled 109 defensive tackles and 24 quarterback sacks.

McElveen is a two time Grey Cup champion having won with the Als in 2009 and 2010.   

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Leong Jr., meanwhile, was set to enter his first CFL season after signing with the Riders in January, 2013.   

In four seasons at Texas Tech, he caught 152 passes for 1,877 yards and 32 touchdowns - the second-most TDs in school history and the fifth-most in Big 12 history.  In 2010, Leong led the Red Raiders with 74 receptions, 926 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Also Thursday, the Roughriders released import defensive back Tristan Jackson and import defensive lineman Jay Alford.

Jackson spent two seasons with the Roughriders, playing as both a defensive back and a kick returner. In 2012, the Beaumont, MS native registered 20 tackles and interception on the defensive side of the ball and was sixth in the league in combined return yards with 1,364.

His highlight moment of the year arrived in Week 3 against the Lions when he returned a missed Paul McCallum field goal attempt 129 yards for a touchdown.

Alford leaves Saskatchewan after just one season that saw collect 11 tackles and two sacks.

The Ticats also announced that import receiver Aaron Kelly has been relased.


Fan Comments
Alford was ok. but he was cut in training camp last year for showing up out of shape. They brought him back during the year but he was mediocre. Jackson never got out of Chamblins dog house, and could not play more than one DB position (corner). Chamblin likes guys that versatile
May 24, 2013 - 9:09pm
I don't get releasing the two D-line men. The Riders have suffered some key losses in that area, and I'm not sure they'll make them up by the time the season starts.
May 24, 2013 - 2:09pm
they only released one DL - Alford. Jackson is a DB. really this is wash in terms of DL on the roster. drop one and add one through trade.
May 24, 2013 - 9:07pm
Just another import shuffle on a CFL roster prior to camp. You may not recognize any of the names on the Riders or Ticats roster right now (unless you follow the NCAA or NFL real, real close) but there is talent signed already that aren't household names for CFL fans...yet
May 24, 2013 - 9:59am
Mcelveen is a good signing, but I can't understand the release of DB/KR Jackson or DL Alford!!
May 23, 2013 - 9:39pm
Release of Kelly is not a surprise especially with three more import receivers signed today. Hope that Leong doesn't turn out to be a bust - he'll be competing for a spot with several others. Otherwise this is a giveaway by the Ticats.
May 23, 2013 - 5:25pm
als rule
McElveen is the green's answer to continue the recruitment of older vets!!
May 23, 2013 - 3:42pm
Old? He's 28
May 24, 2013 - 1:48pm