Stampeders ink Canadian kicking duo to extensions

The Calgary Stampeders have agreed to contract extensions with kicker Rene Paredes, punter Rob Maver and long snapper Pierre-Luc Caron through the 2019 season.

All three were pending free agents.

The pair of nationals has been handling the respective duties for eight seasons in Calgary since 2011.

Paredes a three-time CFL all-star was his usually reliable self in 2018 making 41-of-45 three-pointers (91.1 percent) over 18 regular season games while converting 36-of-39 extra points. The Concordia University product went undrafted in 2010, but Paredes has played 143 career CFL games hitting 353-of-404 field goals (87.4 percent).

Maver a two-time CFL all-star has been the best directional and coffin corner punter in the league for a while. 12 punts went out inside the 10-yard line while teams had the lowest punt return average against the Stamps. Calgary drafted the University of Guelph product fifth overall in 2010. Since then Maver has played 145 games punting 816 times for 36,881 yards – 30,699 net – with a 45.2 average.

Caron was a fifth round pick, 42nd overall in the 2016 CFL Draft. He’s played in 53 games as a consistent snapper while making 12 special teams tackles.

Paredes and Maver have been integral parts of the strong special teams units under Mark Kilam for each of Calgary’s Grey Cup championships in 2014 and 2018.

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