Calgary Stampeders sign Canadians William Langlais, Aaron Crawford to contract extensions

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The Calgary Stampeders have inked a pair of Canadians to contract extensions, bringing back fullback William Langlais on a one-year deal and long snapper Aaron Crawford on a two-year deal.

Langlais returns for an eighth season with the Stamps while 2023 will mark Crawford’s third season with Calgary and his 10th overall in the CFL. The duo has combined to play in 257 games in the regular season and playoffs over the course of their careers.

Langlais played in all 18 regular-season games in 2022, reaching the 100-game threshold of his career. He made six catches for 67 yards and his first career offensive touchdown this season. He also made two special teams tackles and four kickoff returns for 43 yards in addition to his duties as lead blocker for the league’s leading rusher, Ka’Deem Carey.

The six-foot-three, 220-pounder also dressed for the West Semi-Final and had one catch for three yards and two kickoff returns for 20 yards.

A third-round selection by the Stamps in the 2015 CFL Draft, Langlais has recorded 20 catches for 261 yards and one touchdown as well as 60 special teams tackles in 106 career regular-season contests.

Crawford played 17 regular-season games this past season and his work as long snapper helped punter Cody Grace and kicker René Paredes each earn CFL all-star honours in 2022. He also recorded five special teams tackles during the regular season and handled long-snapping duties in Calgary’s West Semi-Final loss to the B.C. Lions.

The Medicine Hat, Alta. native has played 129 career regular-season games for Calgary and Hamilton, recording 30 special teams tackles, one defensive stop, and one forced fumble.