The 2021 CFL season wasn’t pretty for the Ottawa Redblacks. For the second season in a row the team was held to just 3 wins over the course of the year, and was hit by a number of obstacles, including the injury bug. Redblacks star defensive backs Abdul Kanneh and Sherrod Baltimore were among the first players that went down for the Redblacks, Kanneh after week one and Baltimore after week 3. Each of the two defensive backs made a large impact when they were in games early in the season, Abdul Kanneh of course winning the game for the Redblacks in week one with an interception return for a touchdown, and Sherrod Baltimore also had a total 11 tackles over the two games he played before going down with an injury. Other key Redblacks players Matt Nichols, Dominique Davis, Timothy Flanders, Nolan MacMillan, and Antoine Pruneau also suffered injuries over the course of the season, and each of the losses made their respective impacts to the Redblacks season, and without both Baltimore and Kanneh in the lineup on defence, the secondary struggled.
Fortunately for the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, they will not have to worry about having a defence without Sherrod Baltimore moving forward into the 2022 CFL season. The team announced on Tuesday that they had re-signed the 4 season veteran through the 2022 CFL season. This move comes after the extensions of other key players DeVonte Dedmon, Avery Williams, Lewis Ward, Richie Leone, Justin Howell, Nigel Romick and Brendan Gillanders, and is impactful for the future of the Ottawa Redblacks, not only because of the impact Baltimore makes on the football field but for what he is able to do off the field for the Ottawa RedBlacks and the city of Ottawa as well.
After coming back from his first injury, Sherrod Baltimore made an appearance in 3 games, in which he made an additional 10 tackles and then missed the remainder of the CFL season, only playing in just 5 of the 14 games this season. Off of the football field though, this season he wasn’t able to contribute as much in the community as usual due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place by the CFL and the government, however prior to the CFL season he was able to continue to build his connections in the city of Ottawa. He has made a large influence on a number of individuals in the city of Ottawa, young athletes, coaches, teachers and business owners across the nation’s capital are extremely thankful for the work he has done, and the work he will continue to do now that he has extended his contract with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks. Baltimore has made an impact on my own life during his time as a Redblack and I would confidently say that without him, I would not be where I am today with JZ Media. The opportunities he has given me and everything I have learnt from him as a role model have taken me a long way and I am extremely excited to watch Sherrod Baltimore back at TD Place on the field in 2022 and see him back in the community.
The CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks also announced that they re-signed defensive back Brandin Dandridge, a 25 year old who had a break out season in 2021 with 4 interceptions and a fumble recovery in just 8 games played. Dandridge was signed by Ottawa in 2019 where he played 4 games and made 12 tackles in the games he played, then came back for training camp this season before being cut and brought back mid season. Among his takeaways, Dandridge made a interception in 3 consecutive games, and then recovered a fumble in a 4th consecutive game with a turnover. He’s played in just 12 games with the Redblacks over the two seasons but is bound to make an impact when he returns with Ottawa in 2022.