February 15, 2023

Riders Sign Defensive Back Godfrey Onyeka To Contract Extension

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed National defensive back Godfrey Onyeka to a one-year contract extension.  

Onyeka (6’2-200) battled a shoulder injury this past season, limiting him to two games. He stayed with the team while rehabbing the injury and was often seen playing catch with fans on game day. Onyeka returned for the final two games of 2022, recording two defensive tackles and two special teams tackles. 

He played nine regular-season games as well as the West Final for the Roughriders in 2021. He registered 24 defensives tackles, lining up at both cornerback and strong side linebacker. The 28-year-old also contributed on special teams, making seven tackles.   

Onyeka was selected in the second round (10th overall) by Edmonton in the 2018 CFL Draft. He went on to play two seasons and 27 games with the Elks, tallying five defensive tackles and 13 special teams tackles.  

The Brampton native was a standout at Wilfred Laurier University where he was a three-time USPORTS First Team All-Canadian, a three-time OUA First Team All-Star and a 2014 OUA All-Rookie. In 2016, he helped the Golden Hawks win the OUA Championship. Over his four seasons at Laurier, he made 180 defensive tackles, 10 interceptions, 11 pass knockdowns, five forced fumbles and two sacks.