Back to Calgary: OL Derek Dennis rejoins the Stampeders

Offensive lineman Derek Dennis is returning to the Stampeders.

Dennis has signed with Calgary, per sources.

He was the highest paid American offensive lineman in 2017 while playing left tackle and guard for the Riders last season.

The 29-year-old was signed to a lucrative three-year deal after winning the 2016 CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman award with Calgary. During his first year with the green and white, Dennis started out as the team’s left tackle, but after Bruce Campbell came out of retirement Dennis was shifted to left guard. He started nine games there and missed three due to injury.

The six-foot-three, 341-pounder made over $180,000 in 2017 which was supposed to rise to the high $180,000 range in the final two years, but Saskatchewan released him on Tuesday just hours after the free agent market opened.

After working his way onto the roster in 2015, Dennis played all 18 games at left tackle for the Stampeders in 2016 and played at a high level earning CFL all-star honours. That dyed hair Dennis has become known for is going to be red again.

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16 Comments on Back to Calgary: OL Derek Dennis rejoins the Stampeders

  1. Wonderful! It looks like Charleston Hughes will be able to destroy him for the second straight year!

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  2. White Horse // February 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

    I am a bit surprised at this move by Huff. Obviously Dennis contract was reworked by Huff. Stamps not likely to use him at L tackle as Randy Richards is there. I suspect this is a rotational move for training camp and discovery should result. I see Spencer Wilson now penciled in at R tackle which he has played a lot due to O-line injury. Stamps are using U. Williams at center and I know Huff would like to use a healthy Lavertu in that spot. Lavertu has had a rash of injuries since drafted by Stamps. The O-Line has been Stamps huge strength but also many injuries over the last four years. Thorn is still a FA guard at this point.
    Wish we had Brett Jones at center.

    • I thought he played well at guard last year white horse so maybe plug him there. Always good to have a big veteran O lineman around

    • Dennis in 2016 was 10 times the player Richards was in 2017. Dennis starts camp as the starting left tackle and Richards is scrabling to compete for a starting job with WIlliams at centre.

      Dennis is a very talented o-lineman and the fact things didnt work out with the Riders says more about their deplorable use of players than it does about his ability. Just ask Shawn Lemon or Glenn Love or Matt Walter or Keenan MacDougall or Henoc Muamba or Nic Demiski or Otha Foster, etc..

  3. Green is the Color // February 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

    Love it. Now Sir Charles can own him in a role reversal. 2018 is going to be an epic year for the CFL. Kick off already.

  4. greenenvy? // February 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm //

    I see nothing wrong with this signing. Excellent signing for Stamps. He’s a big man one year removed from being O/S Lineman in the league, not 3 years removed from his best year like Collaros. Nice grab for Stamps likely at a decent salary. Dennis, as reported in the Leader-Post, seemed happy to get out of Regina. Should have listened to pal, Lemon, who warned him he would regret going there.

  5. White Horse // February 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm //

    C. Hughes will make life miserable for all L. O-Line tackles. However, Hughes also states he has turned Stamps Randy Richards into a great tackle as well. No doubt this will be a great match up through out the CFL. Especially in the west….I will cheer for Hughes when he plays against Wpg, Edm, BC.

    • greenenvy? // February 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm //

      Maybe. Only a few keep playing at a high level past his age. Most all of a sudden fall off the map. Hufnagel might have got another year out of Hughes but with Vaughters, Davis & Law, he was the obvious odd man out, big salary or not. Hufnagel has a deserved reputation for letting veterans go a year or 2 before their expiry date. As good as Hughes is, no guarantee he’s got another season like 2017 in him.

      • There’s no guarantee that anybody on the Stampeder team will have a season like last year. What an odd statement you made.

  6. likeitlikethat // February 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

    sometimes the grass isnt greener on the other side. good for the stamps they get one of the best o line men in the league. as far as Hughes smiling he’s always smiling Dennis will be better in Calgary then he was on Sask. Hughes will find that out for himself soon enough

  7. Hughes is old who cares

  8. Good signing by the Stamps. Who says you can never go home. Dennis simply went back to his CFL home per say. He will do just fine in any position or situation the Stamps chose to use him.

  9. Good for him, I wish him the best. Except against the Riders!

  10. Pennyrocker // February 20, 2018 at 8:12 pm //

    Dennis missed the trough and goes back to playing in the McMuck bullring they call a stadium.

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