Stampeders verbally offer University of Calgary grad, Canadian OL Sean McEwen

Photo courtesy: University of Calgary Dinos

Calgary Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel waited until the CFL’s new negotiating window opened to make a verbal offer to Canadian offensive lineman Sean McEwen.

The 26-year-old McEwen is a Calgary native and graduate of the University of Calgary. The six-foot-three, 297-pound product of Calgary’s Notre Dame High School played 40 games for the Dinos over his five-year Canada West career.

After playing at a high level and earning USports first-team All-Canadian honours, he was selected to play in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game, the longest-running college football all-star showcase in the United States – just the 12th Dino to do so.

McEwen was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the first round, third overall during the 2015 CFL draft. He attended New York Giants rookie mini-camp that year and returned to Calgary for his final year of Canadian university football eligibility.

Following entertaining possible NFL opportunities, McEwen signed a three-year contract with the Argos on May 13, 2016. He played in all 18 regular season games for the boatmen in his rookie CFL season, starting 13 and earned the Argos Most Outstanding Rookie award. McEwen has played in every single regular season game possible through his four-year CFL career — 72 total.

The 2017 CFL all-star has established himself as the best young centre in the Canadian game. He worked out for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 28, however there was no contract offer afterwards. McEwen is set to see a pay raise from the $150,000 he earned in 2019 while playing for the double blue — unless a hometown discount is taken.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.