Raheem the dream: Stampeders re-sign DB Raheem Wilson

The Calgary Stampeders have signed American defensive back Raheem Wilson to a contract extension. He was set to become a free agent on Tuesday.

The Southeastern Oklahoma State product has started all 34 regular season and playoff games for Calgary since joining the team prior to the 2019 season.

“Raheem has been a dependable and versatile player for us since his arrival in Calgary,” said Stampeders’ president and general manager John Hufnagel in a press release. “His return strengthens our depth in the secondary and provides us with some good options at the defensive back position heading into training camp.”

The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound defender played all 14 regular season games in 2021, making 10 starts at boundary halfback and four at boundary cornerback. He recorded 52 defensive tackles, including four tackles for loss, one special-teams tackle, one interception, and five knockdowns.

In the West Semi-Final, the native of DeSoto, Tex. had five defensive tackles including one tackle for loss against Saskatchewan.

“It is written,” said Wilson. “Calgary is where I wanted to be and now I’m looking forward to getting back in McMahon.”

In 32 career CFL regular season games, Wilson has registered 88 defensive tackles including four tackles for loss, two special teams tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble, and 13 knockdowns.

In college, Wilson set school records for career interceptions and knockdowns at Southeastern Oklahoma State. As a senior for the Savage Storm, Wilson was named first-team all-Great American Conference and led all Division II players with 24 pass breakups.

The Stampeders have also signed American defensive back Antonio Phillips.

The five-foot-eleven, 187-pound product attended training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021 and later spent time on the Houston Texans’ practice squad.

The 23-year-old played 39 games and made 29 starts over four seasons at Ball State. He earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honours in his junior season with the Cardinals and second-team all-conference honours as a senior.

For his career, Phillips recorded 137 tackles including two tackles for loss, one sack, eight interceptions, one forced fumble and 26 passes defended.