Pass the beef: Redblacks sign three starting-calibre offensive linemen

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed American offensive lineman Ucambre Williams, Canadian offensive lineman Hunter Steward, and Canadian offensive lineman Darius Ciraco.

Williams has spent his entire five-season CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders with whom he suited up for 63 career regular season games. The Alabama native has played tackle and guard but moved to centre in 2017 and started at the position when the Stamps won the Grey Cup in 2018.

The six-foot-three, 298-pound product of the University of South Alabama was a CFL West all-star in 2017 and Calgary’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. Williams’ contract is for the 2022 season.

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Steward is a seven-season CFL veteran who has spent his entire career with the B.C. Lions. The six-foot-six, 315-pound blocker from Calgary has 89 games under his belt as he makes the trip east to Ottawa.

The 30-year-old was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the Lions in the 2013 CFL Draft and made his debut with the club in 2014. He played college ball at Virginia’s Liberty University. Steward’s contract is for the 2022 season.

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Ciraco spent the first three seasons of his CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In three campaigns, the Burlington, Ont. native and University of Calgary product dressed for all but eight games.

The six-foot-four, 292-pound lineman was drafted with Hamilton’s sixth-overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft and was named the team’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2018. Ciraco’s contract is for the 2022 season.