Redblacks sign veteran receiver Kenny Stafford

Photo courtesy: Edmonton Elks

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed veteran receiver Kenny Stafford, according to 630 CHED’s Dave Campbell.

The 31-year-old pass catcher had spent training camp, but was released after Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo and general manager Brock Sunderland deemed he wasn’t a ‘cultural fit’ for their team. Stafford has since accused the Elks of unduly attacking his character.

Stafford has spent parts of four seasons with Edmonton over the course of his seven-year CFL career. The Columbus, OH native’s most productive season came as a member of Edmonton’s 2015 Grey Cup winning team. During that CFL championship season, Stafford recorded 47 receptions for 732 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns.

The six-foot-three, 204-pound Stafford has played in 70 career games catching 194 passes for 2,626 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per reception. He has had stints in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Edmonton during his time in the CFL. 

After four years in the NCAA with the University of Toledo Rockets, Stafford went unselected in the 2012 NFL Draft. He had a training camp stint with the Atlanta Falcons prior to coming north of the border to play in Canada.

Stafford brings much needed veteran experience to a young and overmatched Redblacks receiving corps, giving quarterback Dominique Davis a new target as he tries to turn around the last place squad.