Back on the horse: Stampeders re-sign star receiver Reggie Begelton

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The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed star receiver Reggie Begelton, per sources.

It’s a one-year contract for the 2022 season which includes a $30,000 signing bonus as part of his $167,000 in hard money. He was scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday, February 8, but decided against hitting the open market to stay in Calgary.

Begelton played two regular season games with the Stamps in 2021, recording nine receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, including seven grabs for 119 yards and one major against the Lions in his return north of the border during Week 15. In Calgary’s West Semi-Final loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he had five catches for 105 yards.

Stampeders 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 November.

In January 2020, Begelton signed with the Green Bay Packers. He made his NFL debut on Monday Night Football in Week 4 of that 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.

After being waived by Green Bay at the end of training camp last August, Begelton was a free agent. Following his release from the Packers, 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 35 career regular season games over parts of four seasons with Calgary, Begelton has 158 receptions for 2,369 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 15.0 yards per catch. The six-foot-two, 205-pound Begelton has been a favourite and trusted target of Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

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