Redblacks re-sign two key pieces in Spencer, MacMillan

The Ottawa Redblacks re-signed a pair of key players on Wednesday, just days before they were set to become free agents.

National offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan and international receiver and kick returner Diontae Spencer both agreed to a one-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday.

MacMillan was the first draft pick in team history, starting in 53 games over four seasons. He made 11 starts last season, missing the last five games due to injury. He would have been one of the top Canadian offensive lineman available had he hit the open market on Tuesday.

Spencer would have been highly sought-after as well. The 25-year-old registered 922 yards on 71 receptions last season while also adding 929 punt return yards, 607 kickoff return yards and 260 yards on missed field goal returns. His signature performance came Oct. 27 against Hamilton when he broke the CFL-record with 496 all-purpose yards. Spencer has played in 40 games over three CFL seasons with Toronto and Ottawa making 37 starts.

“Nolan has been here since Day 1 and brings tremendous value to the club and important continuity on the offensive line,” Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins said in a statement. “Diontae is a dynamic player both on offence and on special teams and we hope to see him build on what we accomplished for us last year.”