Stampeders re-sign former Ticats defensive back Richard Leonard

The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed a key member of their secondary.

Defensive back Richard Leonard has signed a contract extension with the team. The two-time East Division all-star has 178 tackles, 12 interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles in 49 career CFL games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017-19).

Leonard commanded more money on the open market than Hamilton could afford to pay him, which is why he signed a one-year deal with the Calgary Stampeders worth $115,000 in February 2020. The team lost halfbacks Brandon Smith and DaShaun Amos to retirement and the NFL, respectively, so the signing was a perfect fit.

The Florida International product was named one of the CFL’s top 100 players by 3DownNation earlier this year.

“I’ve been patiently waiting to help paint the City of Calgary,” Leonard said in a statement. “Now the time has come to officially put a Stamp on it.”

Training camp is still six months away, but it’s safe to pencil Leonard’s name into Calgary’s starting lineup.

“With his experience and all-star resume, Richard was a key addition for us in February and we’re pleased that he has decided to remain in Calgary,” Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “I look forward to finally seeing him make his Stamps debut when we return to the field in 2021.”

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