Fans counting the days until the Riders are playing again now know just how long they'll have to wait: the team's schedule for the 2014 season is out.
The Riders open up the season at home against Hamilton on Sunday, June 29.
In an unusual twist the new Ottawa RedBlacks will be the home team for a pre-season game at Mosaic on June 14. The flip was made because the stadium in Ottawa won't be ready in time.
The Labour Day classic against Winnipeg is set for Sunday, Aug. 31.
The season closes for Saskatchewan with a home game against Edmonton Nov. 8.
It's always one of the craziest days in the CFL off-season as free agency officially opened on Tuesday.
The Riders were quick to get in on the act as they re-signed kicker Chris Milo. Milo is entering his fourth season in in the CFL after being drafted by the Riders in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
It was basically a year ago that the Riders began their building of a team that would win the Grey Cup.
Throughout the off-season General Manager Brendan Taman added a number of key free agents that ended up paying off as the team captured the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf.
That pressure is now gone, so how busy does Taman expect to be in 2014?
"Not as active as last year, there's no doubt about that," he said. "If we sign one that would probably be the tops."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be looking for a new backup quarterback for the 2014 season.
Drew Willy was dealt to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday for non-import receiver Jade Etienne. Both were set to become free agents on February 11th. Willy has already signed an extension with the Bombers while the Riders are working on a deal with Etienne.
A little icing on the cake for Roughriders Head Coach Corey Chamblin as he was named CFL Coach of the Year at an event in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The announcement wasn't too much of a surprise as more often than not it seems the coach of the team that wins the Grey Cup tends to win this award. Last year the Argos Scott Milanovich won the Grey Cup and was named Coach of the Year.
Chamblin beat out the Ti-Cats Kent Austin and the Stampeders John Hufnagel for the honour.
It appears Weston Dressler has found his new home in Kansas City.
The Riders released their All-Star receiver last week allowing him to sign in the NFL but Dressler couldn't say at that time what team he was close to joining. Reports surfaced over the next day or so that it was likely the Kansas City Chiefs. It now appears that deal is done according to multiple reports.
The deal is a futures contract because the NFL's "new year" doesn't begin until March and that's when Dressler's deal will begin.
The soon to be retired Kerry Joseph spoke out for the first time exclusively on the Green Zone Friday afternoon.
Joseph was released by the Edmonton Eskimos on Wednesday paving the way for him to end his career by likely signing a one-day contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
"I knew the time was going to come," said Joseph. "I knew the direction they were going to go in."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Thursday afternoon that they had released Weston Dressler so he could sign a deal with an NFL team, sending shockwaves through Rider Nation which has grown accustomed to his game saving catches and gritty, determined play.
“He’s the person who can execute when it really matters,” said one man who had just learned the news. “And, I mean, he’s a small guy, but a big player.”
The Saskatchewan Roughriders released some potentially earth-shattering news for fans: popular receiver Weston Dressler has been let go by the team.
In a pair of tweets issued just after 3 p.m. Thursday the team revealed that the star import had been let go by the Riders. They added that the purpose behind the move is to give him "the opportunity to sign with a National Football League team."