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Roughriders Sign Veteran Middle Linebacker Jameer Thurman

February 13, 2024 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American linebacker Jameer Thurman.

Thurman (6'0-227) joins the Green and White after a career year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 29-year-old middle linebacker tallied career-highs in defensive tackles (98) and sacks (five), while also adding two interceptions, one tackle for a loss, four pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Thurman led all Tiger-Cats last season with 113 defensive plays.

Prior to signing with the Ti-Cats, Thurman played four seasons (2017-18, 2021-22) with the Calgary Stampeders. He played 64 games as a Stamp, earning 267 defensive tackles, 31 special teams tackles, six sacks, six interceptions and eight forced fumbles. He won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2018. He signed with the Chicago Bears in January 2019 and made 16 tackles in the preseason, but was released prior to the start of the season.

Collegiately, the Illinois native played four seasons (2013-2016) at Indiana State. He played in 48 games and earned 340 tackles (including 28 for a loss), seven sacks, five interceptions, 14 pass deflections, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was named Second-Team All-MVFC as a senior.


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