Redblacks acquire QB Drew Tate

The Ottawa Redblacks have acquired veteran quarterback Drew Tate from the Calgary Stampeders for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick.

General manager John Hufnagel had been shopping Tate.

The move comes after Calgary signed veteran quarterback Mitchell Gale last Wednesday.

Tate, 32, spent two seasons on the Riders practice squad before eight with Calgary. The six-foot, 190-pound Tate completed 380-of-572 passes (66.4 per cent) for 4,670 yards with 32 TDs and 15 interceptions.

Tate is expected to be the backup in Ottawa to starter Trevor Harris. Harris shared starting duties last season with veteran Henry Burris, who retired in the off-season after leading the Redblacks to an upset 39-33 Grey Cup win over Calgary.

“It’s always paramount in the CFL to have at least two veteran quarterbacks that you know you can win with,” said Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell. “Drew is a proven performer in this league and we’re happy to have him in Ottawa.”

Tate helped Calgary beat Hamilton 20-16 to win the 2014 Grey Cup, rushing for two touchdowns.

Once the trade was completed Ottawa general manager Marcel Desjardins worked with Tate to restructure his deal.

The Redblacks committed to adding two more years to the pact, which means Tate’s under contract through the 2019 season.

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