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Riders Make Trade with Tiger-Cats

February 17, 2014 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Saskatchewan Roughriders News Release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the acquisition of non-import linebacker Shomari Williams, non-import punter Josh Bartel and the eighth overall selection in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft in exchange for the ninth overall selection and the eleventh overall selection.

Williams (6'1 - 232) returns for his second stint with the Green and White after originally being selected by the team in the first round (1st overall) in the 2010 Canadian Draft. The Toronto native spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Tiger-Cats as free agent prior to last season. In 2013 the Queen's product played just six games, missing the majority of the season due to injury.

For his career, the 28-year-old Williams has registered 89 defensive tackles, 33 special teams tackles, five quarterback sacks and one interception in 60 regular season games.

Bartel (6'3 - 200) will be entering his third CFL season after joining the Tiger-Cats ahead of the 2012 season. The Australian born kicker has appeared in 36 career regular season games punting 229 times for 9,904 yards - a 43.2 yard average.

The 27-year-old was named a 2013 East Division All-Star after punting 112 times for 4897 yards (43.7) including a 69 yard long.

To Saskatchewan:

NI - Shomari Williams

NI - Josh Bartel

1st Round (eighth overall) pick in 2014 CFL Canadian Draft

To Hamilton:

1st Round (ninth overall) pick in 2014 CFL Canadian Draft

2nd Round (eleventh overall) pick in 2014 CFL Canadian Draft


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