The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced Canadian offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte has signed an extension with the team through the 2017 season.
As per club policy, the details of the contract were not released.
“A big part of why we wanted to get it done was to be able to stay home and, you know, not have any potential question marks or anything crazy happen in free agency,” LaBatte said.
LaBatte has missed most of the season due to neck injury and a concussion.
“I think that the head is clear, a lot of the symptoms may have been triggered from the neck, but it’s coming around and I’m feeling better.”
Riders Head Coach Chris Jones is excited to have one of the league’s premier lineman locked up for next season.
“Regardless if you’re American or Canadian nationality, it doesn’t really matter. He’s one of the best players at his position in the league,” Jones said.
LaBatte joined the Riders as a free agent in 2012. The 30-year-old from Weyburn was drafted sixth overall in the CFL draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
LaBatte has played in 139 career regular season games. He has also played in two Grey Cup games including a win with the Riders in 2013.
LaBatte has picked up seven career Division All-Star nominations and four CFL All-Star nominations. He was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2013.