Back from the NFL: Stampeders sign CFL all-star receiver Reggie Begelton

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The Calgary Stampeders have brought back receiver Reggie Begelton from the NFL, per sources.

Begelton has signed a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2021 CFL season. General manager John Hufnagel upped the ante for the talented pass catcher to put pen to paper and shift his focus away from the NFL.

In January 2020, Begelton signed with the Green Bay Packers. He made his NFL debut on Monday Night Football in Week 4 of the 2020 season when the Packers beat Atlanta 30-16. That was the only game Begelton was active as he spent the rest of the schedule on the practice roster, earning $185,000 USD that year.

Since being waived by Green Bay at the end of training camp in August, Begelton has been a free agent. Recently the Buffalo Bills flew him in for a workout, but there was no immediate contract offer.

The 28-year-old earned the Stamps’ nomination for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award in 2019 after becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to record at least 100 catches in a season. He finished that year second in the league with 102 receptions and third in both receiving yards with 1,444 and receiving touchdowns 10.

In 33 career regular season games over three seasons with Calgary, Begelton has 149 catches for 2,335 yards and 12 touchdowns. The six-foot-two, 205-pound Begelton provides Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell with a familiar and trusted target.

Once the Stamps season comes to an end, Begelton will be free to workout and sign with an NFL team if an offer comes his way.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.