Stampeders re-sign starting defensive tackles Mike Rose, Derek Wiggan

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed American defensive tackle Mike Rose and American defensive tackle Derek Wiggan to two-year contract extensions. Both players would have been eligible to become free agents next month.

“Derek and Mike have been a very effective tandem in the middle of our defensive line and I’m pleased that they have chosen to make this commitment to the Stampeders,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel in a press release.

“Both players continue to get better, with Mike earning well-deserved CFL all-star recognition last season.”

Rose started 13 games at defensive tackle in 2021 and was a key figure in the Stamps’ second-half resurgence as Calgary overcame a 2-5 start to claim a playoff berth. He led all CFL interior linemen with seven sacks and he had 24 tackles including three tackles for loss and three knockdowns.

The six-foot-two, 270-pounder has become an impact player over the past two seasons, recording 70 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, 12 sacks, and one forced fumble over 31 games.

Wiggan was the Stamps’ nominee for the Most Outstanding Canadian award in 2021 after playing all 14 regular season games and recording 32 tackles including three tackles for loss, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

“I’m extremely happy to get the deal done — Calgary is the only place I wanted to be,” said Wiggan. “I really appreciate the love that the Stampeders organization and the city has shown me. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates and coaches.”

The Queen’s product has played 92 career regular season contests for the Stamps after being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.