Roughriders sign former Stampeder Derrius Brooks

Former Calgary Stampeders teammates Derrius Brooks, left, Jamar Wall, centre, and Deron Mayo. (Nathan Denette/CP)

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired international receiver Maurice Price from the Ottawa Redblacks for their sixth-and seventh-round picks in the 2016 CFL draft.

Saskatchewan also gets Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the deal.

Price started all 18 regular-season games last season as part of Ottawa’s dangerous offence, contributing 58 catches for 603 yards and a touchdown.

He added five receptions for 77 yards in Ottawa’s win over Hamilton in the East final, and two catches for 28 yards in the Redblacks loss to Edmonton in the 103rd Grey Cup.

Price was expendable in Ottawa, where the Redblacks have four 1,000-yard receivers — Chris Williams, Ernest Jackson, Brad Sinopoli and Greg Ellingson — set to return next season.

He could have room to grow in Saskatchewan where three key members of the Riders’ receiving corps — Rob Bagg, Chris Getzlaf and Ryan Smith — are eligible for free agency next month.

Price spent three seasons in Calgary prior to joining the Redblacks in a January trade. He had 109 catches for 1,737 yards and 12 touchdowns in 29 regular-season games with the Stampeders and was part of their 2014 Grey Cup champion team.

Also on Monday, the Roughriders signed international defensive back Derrius Brooks.

The Western Kentucky product spent the 2012 and 2013 CFL seasons with the Stampeders before signing with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

Brooks had 52 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, and five interceptions in 20 regular season games with Calgary. He also had 16 defensive tackles in three playoff games while adding one tackle in the 2012 Grey Cup.

Brooks attended the Saints’ 2014 training camp and played four pre-season games. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in September, where he remained for the season.

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