Staying in the capital: Ottawa Redblacks re-sign Carleton product Nate Behar

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The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed national receiver Nate Behar through 2022.

“Ottawa has everything in place to be one of the great and successful franchises in this league. From the ownership group, the fans, the city and facilities,” said Behar in a press release. “I want to be a part of this organization’s rise.”

The native of London, Ont. is coming off of his fourth and most productive season in the CFL. He reached new career-highs in receptions (38), receiving yards (439), yards after the catch (128), average yards per catch (11.6), and longest reception (50 yards) in 2021 over 13 starts at slotback.

The 27-year-old also recorded a single-game career-high 98 receiving yards against the Calgary Stampeders on Oct. 29, 2021.

Selected in the first round, fifth overall, by the Edmonton Elks in the 2017 CFL Draft, Behar signed with the Redblacks on Feb. 15, 2019, and re-signed with the team on June 28, 2021.

Ottawa is familiar territory for Behar, who played his collegiate career with the Carleton Ravens and famously caught a Hail Mary pass to win the 2014 Panda Game. He was slated to become a free agent next month when the free agency period officially opens on Feb. 8 at noon ET.