To begin the month of November, on November 2nd and throughout the first week of the month the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks made a splash. They announced the re-signing of electric kickoff returner and slot back DeVonte Dedmon, which was then followed by the contract extensions of punter Richie Leone and placekicker Lewis Ward that week. These transactions were key ones to make, solidifying the chance of having the best special teams unit in the CFL again in 2022, all led by special teams co-ordinator Bob Dyce.
They also signed contract extensions with a trio of Canadians who have also made their marks on the Redblacks’ special teams unit. Nigel Romick, Justin Howell and Brendan Gillanders were each signed to extensions on Tuesday this week, but that will not be the last of moves coming from the Redblacks’ front office.
Led by Jeremy Snyder and JM Edme right now, the Ottawa Redblacks front office announced today that they’ve re-signed star linebacker Avery Williams for the 2022 CFL season. Williams leads the Redblacks in tackles for the second consecutive season, and is third in the CFL in tackles with 83. He’s also made a sack, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass this season, adding to his career totals of 195 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown in 40 games since 2018, his rookie season.
Williams has been an impact player for the Redblacks’ defence in a tough season and co-ordinator Mike Benevides will be happy to coach him again in 2022.