Back in (Red)Black: Ottawa re-signs Canadian trio

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The Ottawa Redblacks have locked up three key Canadians, signing defensive lineman Nigel Romick, running back Brendan Gillanders, and defensive back Justin Howell to contract extensions.

Romick has been with the Redblacks since the club’s inaugural season in 2014 and has become a mainstay, recording 91 special teams tackles, 14 defensive tackles and a sack in 90 career games.

Gillanders joined Ottawa in 2016 after spending the first two years of his career with the Toronto Argonauts. Since his rookie season in 2014, the former Ottawa Gee-Gee has 61 carries for 282 rushing yards, as well as 338 receiving yards on 38 catches.

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Howell, a former star with the Carleton Ravens, is wrapping up his third CFL campaign, all with the Redblacks. Playing a mix of special teams and safety, Howell has seen his role increase since his rookie season. He has set new career-highs in defensive tackles (20) and special teams tackles (9) in 2021, making three starts at halfback and two at safety.

The Redblacks (2-11) play their final game of the season on Friday night when they visit the Montreal Alouettes (7-6).