Canadian defensive lineman Ettore Lattanzio will be staying at home signing a one-year deal for the 2020 season, per sources.
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees product has spent his entire five-year CFL career with his home town team and after briefly testing the free agency market, is returning to the Redblacks.
Despite never being a full-time starter in the CFL, Lattanzio has proven extremely effective as a rotational piece on the defensive line. With the newly added Cleyon Laing set to start at defensive tackle, Lattanzio provides injury insurance in the form of national depth.
During 63 career games Lattanzio has made 70 tackles, eight sacks and forced two fumbles. Lattanzio was a fifth round draft pick, 38th overall in the 2015 CFL draft. That came after he won the J. P. Metras Trophy as USports best lineman in 2014.
Lattanzio led the OUA with eight sacks in 2014 and tied for the national lead with 14 tackles for a loss. He was named the OUA’s top lineman for the second straight season and a spot on the first all-Canadian team for the second year in a row.
One year prior, Lattanzio made the switch from defensive end to defensive tackle and still led the OUA with 10 sacks, which co-led USports. He picked up eight sacks in 2012 and five in 2011 for a university career total of 31.
The 29-year-old Lattanzio is a key piece and fan favourite in Ottawa.