Ottawa Redblacks bring back NFL cut Brandin Dandridge, sign former Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed a familiar face in American defensive back Brandin Dandridge.

Dandridge first joined the Redblacks partway through the 2019 season and played four games late in the year, recording 12 tackles as a starter at cornerback. He remained with the team in 2021 and started eight games at cornerback, making 11 tackles along with four interceptions.

The 26-year-old signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February 2022, a team that is located just 30 kilometres northwest of his hometown of Lee’s Summit, Mo. He was waived by the team in late August and remained a free agent for three weeks before rejoining the Redblacks.

Dandridge signed an extension with the Redblacks in December 2021 prior to being released to pursue his opportunity with the Chiefs. As such, he was only permitted to sign with Ottawa if he were to come back to the CFL.

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Crum was also recently in training camp with the Chiefs, though he was released shortly before its conclusion. He completed 10-of-15 pass attempts during the preseason for 56 yards while rushing six times for 25 yards. He was also sacked four times.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound passer played five seasons at Kent State University where he was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) MVP in 2021. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes with the Golden Flashes for 7,420 yards, 55 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also ran the ball 477 times for 2,071 yards for 24 touchdowns.

Crum attended the 2022 NFL Combine and recorded a 4.75-second forty-yard dash, 4.36-second shuttle, 10-foot broad jump, and 32.5-inch vertical jump. He went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft but signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.

The Redblacks also announced the release of Canadian linebacker Justice Momoka as well as American defensive back Douglas Coleman.