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.