Roughriders acquire Canadian safety Mike Edem from Lions

B.C. Lions' Mike Edem, left, and Saskatchewan Roughriders' Phil Bates, right, reach for the pass intended for Bates, who couldn't hold onto it after being hit by Lions' Keynan Parker, not seen, during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday November 5, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired national safety Mike Edem from the B.C. Lions on Thursday.

The two teams also swapped conditional 2018 draft picks.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound Edem was originally taken in the first round, third overall, in the 2013 CFL draft by the Montreal Alouettes. He was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in October 2015 before signing as a free agent with B.C. before last season.

Edem, 27, has started 33-of-60 career regular-season games, registering 91 tackles, 29 special-teams tackles, six interceptions and five sacks. He was a 2013 East Division all-star and Montreal’s nominee as outstanding rookie.

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