The Saskatchewan Roughriders received confirmation today that slotback Andy Fantuz has signed with the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
“It is always difficult when you lose one of your top players, but we do congratulate Andy and wish him all the best in Chicago,” stated Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman.
“We knew this was a possibility and we will continue with our off-season plan to replace Andy,” added Taman. “We will monitor our options, both within the personnel we have, and with recruiting as we go forward.”
Fantuz was originally drafted by the Riders in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2006 Canadian College Draft. In five seasons with the Green and White, the 27-year-old has tallied 276 receptions for 4,136 yards and 23 touchdowns in 73 regular season games. 2010 was a banner year for the Western Ontario product as he was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian after grabbing 1,380 yards off 87 catches. He also finished in top spot for receiving yards in the regular season and was named a West Division and CFL All-Star for the first time in his career.