Ottawa caps busy day of signings with new deals for REC R.J. Harris, DE Avery Ellis

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The Redblacks have capped a busy day of signings with new deals for American receiver R.J. Harris and defensive lineman Avery Ellis.

After starting as a rookie on the Redblacks practice roster in 2017, Harris cracked Ottawa’s lineup the following year. The German-born, Maryland-raised product of the University of New Hampshire finished the 2018 season with 49 catches for 697 yards and two touchdowns. He continued to put up numbers during a difficult 2019 campaign, finishing the year with 62 catches for 774 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

Ellis led all Redblacks with 54 tackles in 2019, while tying for the team lead with seven sacks and one forced fumble. In three seasons in Ottawa, Ellis has played 43 games accumulating 97 tackles, 16 sacks, two forced fumbles and scoring one defensive touchdown. During his 2016 season at Temple University, he earned Co-Special Teams Effort Player of the Week once and Special Teams Production Player of the Week twice.

The new signings follow a flurry of smaller transactions earlier in the day, when Ottawa signed 2020 CFL Draft pick Brad Cowan and Canadian defensive back Dagogo Maxwell, as well as American defensive backs Brandin Dandridge and Marcus Roberson, to new contracts. Simultaneously release were national offensive linemen Daniel Omara and K.C. Bakker, along with national receiver James Tyrell and American linebacker Delvon Randall.