Alex Hall sent to Riders for Canadian O-lineman

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Alex Hall (l) sacks Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Alex Hall (l) sacks Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo during CFL football in Winnipeg, Man. Thursday June 27, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers traded defensive end Alex Hall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders this afternoon for Canadian offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld.

The teams also exchanged draft picks, with the Riders getting a second-round selection in 2014 and the Bombers landing a fourth-rounder in 2015.

Hall, who leads the CFL in sacks, is a pending free agent and will attempt to return to the NFL. The Riders are hosting the 101st Grey Cup this November and are going all out to win their fourth title on their own turf. Even if Hall doesn’t land an NFL contract, he will be free to sign anywhere in February.

Neufeld, a 6-foot-6, 296-pound Regina native, is in his third season in the CFL and signed a three-year contract in January. He spent the first half of the season on the nine-game injured list and returned to the lineup for the Banjo Bowl, during which he was beaten often by the Bombers defensive line.


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