Ottawa Redblacks re-sign five-time all-star punter Richie Leone

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed punter Richie Leone to a contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. He was set to become a free agent in February. According to 3DownNation reporter John Hodge, it is a one-year deal.

The 30-year-old has played in the CFL for six seasons and spent the last four with the Redblacks. The native of Roswell, Ga. averaged 38.6 net yards per punt last season, finishing second league-wide.

“I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue playing for the Redblacks,” said Leone in a statement. “This will be my fifth season in the nation’s capital, and RNation should expect big things from us; there will be a lot to cheer for on the banks of the Rideau Canal come 2023.”

The Houston product has earned divisional all-star honours five times and league all-star honours four times, most recently in 2021. He played two seasons with the B.C. Lions before joining the Redblacks in 2018. He has also had brief stints in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Arizona Cardinals.