Today, Saturday February 15th, the Ottawa Redblacks entered day 5 of the 2020 CFL free agency period. On day one, the Redblacks went all out and signed 5 along with re-signing two players.
Although it seems like the team made quite the impact on the free agency market in signing Cleyon Laing, Don Unamba, Christophe Mulamba, Anthony Coombs and Abdul Kanneh, they have been very quiet throughout the other days of free agency.
After day one, it seemed as if the Redblacks would do just that (keep quiet) as Desjardins quoted “We’ve used our money on (re-signing) Nolan MacMillan, Alex Mateas, JP Bolduc, Brad Sinopoli, Nigel Romick, Brendan Gillanders … Avery Ellis, Mike Wakefield … that’s where our money went.” giving a hint that the team didn’t have much money to spend on other free agents.
They kept quiet on signing big free agents, but they still had enough room to re-sign CFL veteran Ettore Lattanzio. Lattanzio has been with the Ottawa Redblacks since 2015, shortly after the Winnipeg Bluebombers elected to draft him in the 5th round of the 2015 CFL draft.
Unfortunately, his time in Winnipeg didn’t last long, as they wanted him to play an offensive role at fullback, but without the short stint out west, he wouldn’t be able to call himself a Redblack.
As a piece to the defensive line here in Ottawa, Ettore has suited up 63 times, making 71 tackles, sacking quarterbacks 8 different times and forcing two fumbles.
From the looks of previous seasons, Lattanzio has the potential to be a starter on the Redblacks defense this season, and will be a great player to keep around.