March 28, 2013 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Saskatchewan Roughriders
Saskatchewan Roughrider President/CEO Jim Hopson announced today the contract extension of General Manager Brendan Taman. The new two-year extension will see Taman continue in his role with the organization through the 2015 season.
"Brendan has proven himself to be a valuable member of our organization. By completing this extension we have created continuity within the Riders Football Operations," stated Hopson. "We feel Brendan is continuously increasing the talent level of this team and we are excited to move forward under Brendan's direction."
Taman is entering his fourth year as General Manager of the Riders and fifth season since returning to the club in 2009. Taman took over complete control of the football operations department in November of 2011.
"I am once again grateful for the vote of confidence shown to me by Jim Hopson and the Riders Board of Directors," stated Taman. "I understand and welcome the expectations and responsibilities that go along with having this position. My job is to keep moving this team forward and I am confident we have the people in place to do that."
Taman had a busy winter heading into the 2012 season. He filled a vacancy by hiring current Head Coach Corey Chamblin and completed an overhaul of the previous year's roster by adding CFL veterans like Dominic Picard, Brendon Labatte, and Jock Sanders while adding new talent like Kory Sheets, Xavier Fulton, Terrell Maze, and Drew Willy. The 2012 Canadian Draft saw the Riders select stalwarts Ben Heenan and Sam Hurl.
In January 2013, Taman orchestrated a trade acquiring Geroy Simon, the CFL's All-Time Leading Receiver and then locked up free agents Tyron Brackenridge, Dwight Anderson, Weldon Brown, Ricky Foley and Renauld Williams.
Taman is entering his 26th season in the CFL and has appeared in three Grey Cup Championship games in the past six years.