The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed national defensive back Royce Metchie.
Metchie was selected in the third round, 25th overall by Calgary in 2018. He has played 24 regular season games over two seasons with the Stamps including 17 starts at safety in 2019.
“Royce was very impressive in his first season as a starter at safety and I look forward to watching him continue to develop,” Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement. “He has the ability and intelligence to be an all-star.”
The University of Guelph product recorded 48 defensive tackles in 2019 including four tackles for loss. He had three interceptions — including his first career pick, which came in the Labour Day Classic against Edmonton — and added seven special teams tackles plus one knockdown. Metchie also was the starting safety for the Western Semi-Final and recorded three defensive tackles.
“It’s great to be back in Calgary,” Metchie said in a statement. “After all, they gave me the opportunity I needed. I’m excited to be back and excited for the upcoming season.”
In 24 career games, the five-foot-11, 203-pound 24-year-old has 48 defensive tackles including four tackles for loss, 12 special-teams stops, three interceptions and one knockdown.