Redblacks re-sign team-leading sack man Avery Ellis

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed defensive lineman Avery Ellis to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, per sources.

Ellis was scheduled to become a Canadian Football League free agent in February.

He led all Redblacks D-linemen with 54 tackles while tying for the team lead with seven sacks and forcing one fumble in 2019. Through three seasons in the nation’s capital, Ellis has played 43 games making 97 tackles, 16 sacks, two forced fumbles and scoring one defensive touchdown.

The Temple University graduate played four seasons for the Owls recording 40 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles. After going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, Ellis signed with Ottawa on May 8, 2017.

The 25-year-old Ellis drew NFL interest working out for the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in December, but elected to stay in the CFL. Ellis has proven to be a dynamic pass rusher and general manager Marcel Desjardins rewarded the six-foot-two, 250-pound sack artist with a new pact.

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