Dave Dickenson looking forward to ‘great things’ from Alex Singleton with Denver Broncos

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Calgary Stampeders’ head coach Dave Dickenson will be keeping a close eye on former star CFL linebacker Alex Singleton during the NFL season after he signed with the Denver Broncos in free agency.

“We love Alex. He was a great Stampeder and it’s looking far less likely that we’ll ever see him wear the red and the horse, but he’s getting closer to the horse,” said Dickenson with a laugh in a recent CFL videoconference.

“He went to Montana State and obviously I went to Montana — the (Grizzlies vs. Bobcats) rivalry — we go back and forth and (he’s) probably one of the guys I stay in contact with the most. We’re proud of him. He did a great job and we’re looking forward to great things out of him in Denver.”

Singleton made 249 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, five knockdowns, two sacks, two interceptions, and two touchdowns over three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2019-2021). He said it was a pretty easy decision to sign with Denver in free agency after the club showed him respect in free agency, signing him to a contract worth $1.1 million guaranteed plus an additional $750,000 in playtime incentives.

Dickenson was born in Great Falls, Mont. and knows that the Broncos are one of the most popular teams in the state. Though the club posted a disappointing 7-10 record this past season, an off-season trade for star quarterback Russell Wilson has made Denver a popular early Super Bowl pick across the country.

“Where I grew up Denver, Minnesota, and Seattle — those were the teams that people followed,” said Dickenson. “They’re definitely going to be following the Broncos more even with Russ there but Alex will make an impact. Alex has always showed up and made plays wherever he’s been, so we’ll be watching.”

Singleton was a first-round pick of the Stamps in the 2016 CFL Draft and developed into one of the best defensive players in the league over three years with the club. He produced 123 tackles in his final two years in Canada, winning the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 2017 and the Grey Cup in 2018.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.