Riders sign all four draft picks

Heenan reportedly signs for three years
Reported by Joel Gasson
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As the Saskatchewan Roughriders opened rookie camp, the team announced they have signed all of their 2012 draft picks.

They are offensive linemen Ben Heenan, linebackers Sam Hurl, and Kevin Regimbald-Gagne along with wide receiver Ismael Bamba.

Bamaba comes as a bit of a surprise as there was a lot of speculation that he could be returning to the University of Sherbrooke. However, in the end he wanted to play professional football.

"I wanted to finish school," said Bamba. "But I said to myself that I could finish school even if I come here, because I have another six months to go back to school."

Those same reports were suggesting that it was Bamba's agent that was telling him to go back.

"It's not about money at all," said Bamba. "I haven't proved anything yet, I'm a sixth round pick."

One player who signed that there are higher expectations around is Ben Heenan.

"It's a lot of learning," said Heenan about day one of rookie camp. "The play book, techniques, the coaching is different, just everything is different."

Heenan officially signed his deal last night, something he had to do if he was going to be on the field.

"It's kind of a flashback to draft day," said Heenan. "But at the same time we're out here on the field right now and none of that really matters."

The team has also announced the signings of import defensive back Karl Paymah and non-import defensive lineman Renaldo Sagesse.

Paymah joins the Riders after six seasons in the NFL, having played 130 games for Denver, Minnesota and Houston.

Sagesse was a former 2011 fourth round pick of the Montreal Alouettes who also played for the University of Michigan.

Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.