Redblacks re-sign three-time all-star punter Richie Leone

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The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed American punter Richie Leone to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

“Richie is consistently at the top of the league in all punting statistics and he continues to improve each season,” said Redblacks interim general manager Jeremy Snyder in a press release. “We expect even more growth from him in the future and it’s another building block for 2022.”

Leone, a six-year CFL veteran, has steadily established himself as one of the league’s best punters. With two games left in the season, Leone leads the CFL in total punt yards (4,267 yards) and sits second in average punt distance (46.9). Leone joined the Redblacks for the 2018 season following two years with the B.C. Lions and time with the Arizona Cardinals organization.

The Redblacks are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take to the field at TD Place to host the Toronto Argonauts in Ottawa’s final home game of the season.

The 29-year-old is a three-time CFL all-star dating back to his tenure with the Lions.