Redblacks re-sign veteran punter/kicker Richie Leone following NFL stint

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The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed veteran punter and kicker Richie Leone, according to Postmedia reporter Tim Baines.

It’s a one-year contract for the 2021 season. He opted out of his 2020 pact and spent one week on Arizona Cardinals practice squad last September, earning $8,400.

Leone is a three-time CFL all-star punter, leading the CFL in punting average in 2015 and 2016 (49.5 and 49.3) and East Division in 2019 (48.4). The 28-year-old Leone has played 71 career games north of the border punting 472 times for 22,809 gross yards (48.3 average) — 83 yards is Leone’s longest career punt.

Leone received an invite to the 2014 NFL combine, however, he went unselected in that year’s draft out of the University of Houston. He went to training camp with the Baltimore Ravens, but was released among final training camp cuts.

After the 2016 CFL season, Leone inked a deal with the Cards, however, he was waived among the final roster moves following training camp and afterwards signed a free agent pact with Ottawa.