Roughriders re-sign Woldu, Etienne agrees to deal

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have agreed to deals with defensive back Paul Woldu and receiver Jade Etienne.

Saskatchewan Roughriders lock up a pair of Regina-born players

Three-time Grey Cup champion Paul Woldu re-signed with the Riders. (Peter Mills/CBC)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are staying local with a pair of signings on Monday.

The defending Grey Cup champions re-signed Regina-born defensive back Paul Woldu. The former University of Saskatchewan player will be entering his third season with the Riders, after playing his first four years with the Montreal Alouettes. 

Woldu, who led Saskatchewan with 21 special teams tackles last season, has won three Grey Cup titles in his young career.

The Riders also agreed to a deal with Regina-born receiver Jade Etienne. Etienne, who is also a University of Saskatchewan alumnus, came to the Riders last week in a trade with Winnipeg for quarterback Drew Willy. The 6-3 receiver caught 19 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns in Winnipeg last season.

Free agents up for grabs

Both Woldu and Etienne were set to become free agents on Tuesday.

The Riders have a number of players entering free agency, including defensive back Craig Butler, receiver Aaron Hargreaves, receiver Kierrie Johnson, linebacker Abraham Kromah, defensive lineman Jermaine McElveen, kicker Chris Milo, defensive back Graig Newman, running back Jock Sanders, and punter Ricky Schmitt

Grey Cup MVP running back Kory Sheets is also set to become a free agent, but he is expected to either join an NFL team or re-sign with the Riders. Defensive end Alex Hall is also expected to explore offers in the NFL.

The CFL free agency opens on Tuesday at 11 a.m. CST.