Former Redblacks DB Anthony Cioffi signs with New York Jets (again)

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before?

Former Ottawa Redblacks’ string-side linebacker Anthony Cioffi has signed with the New York Jets to play safety, according to his agent Joe Linta.

If you are having deja vu, it’s because Cioffi initially signed with the Jets in February and was on the team until last Sunday, when he was released to make room on the roster for depth tight end Connor Davis. Now Cioffi’s been brought back into the fold by his childhood team and will continue to compete for a spot on the roster wearing Jamal Adams’ old number 33.

The Springfield, New Jersey native originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers University, where he was a four-year starter. During the Raiders’ 2017 pre-season he had six tackles and a forced fumble in four games, including a start in the pre-season finale, but then was a final cut in September.

The 25-year-old Cioffi spent the previous two CFL seasons with Ottawa. As a linebacker and defensive back with the Redblacks, he totalled 97 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, a fumble-recovery touchdown in 2018 and four sacks.

Cioffi has another chance to make the roster of his hometown team.