Can’t stop, won’t stop: Ottawa extends three more waiting free agents

The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed a trio of defensive players for the 2022 season, with linebackers Dwayne Norman and Shaheed Salmon, and defending defender Ranthony Texada joining the team.

Norman, 26, joined the Redblacks for his fourth CFL season after spending three with the Calgary Stampeders. In a career-high nine games this season, the Jacksonville, Fla. registered three special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, his first career sacking, and a forced fumble in a depth roll.

Salmon, 26, will qualify for 12 games in his sophomore season with Ottawa. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, he made 12 tackles on special teams as well as a forced fumble and four tackles on defense in a depth roll.

Texada’s first CFL season saw him appear in three games for the Redblacks at a cornerbacker on the field side. The 26-year-old resident of Frisco, Tex. registered a total of 11 tackles, including a career-high of six against the Montreal Alouettes on November 19.

The Redblacks have now extended the contracts of 15 pending free agents this off-season, which is remarkable considering that the postseason has yet to begin. Ottawa finished the regular season at the bottom of the East Division standings with a 3-11 record.

The original list of the club’s free players can be found here.

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