Ottawa Redblacks re-sign Canadian DB Justin Howell, DL Nigel Romick

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The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed a pair of Canadians with defensive back Justin Howell and defensive lineman Nigel Romick rejoining the team for the 2023 season.

The 29-year-old Howell has spent all four seasons of his career with the Redblacks after a standout university tenure at Carleton University. The Bradford, Ontario native was limited to just five games in 2022 due to injury, but still registered 16 total tackles and a pair of forced fumbles.

“Choosing to re-sign in Ottawa for 2023 was a no-brainer for me. I am fortunate to have spent five years here since being drafted in 2018,” said Howell. “We’ve got a great group of core guys, led by a tremendous coaching staff. My sole focus is on helping this team bring a Grey Cup back to the capital. I can’t wait to get back to TD Place, and play in front of the best fans in the CFL.”

The 31-year-old Romick returns for his eighth season with the Redblacks and reached the 100-game milestone in 2022. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native appeared in just nine games in 2022 due to injury but managed to chip in with nine total tackles and is just one tackle shy of 100 special teams takedowns on his career.

“I’m ecstatic to be staying put in Ottawa for my ninth season,” Romick added. “As I look to the 2023 season, I expect lots of fireworks, and plenty of wood cookies being cut. I’ve been fortunate to play for Coach Dyce since 2016, so I know the type of energy and leadership he brings to the locker room.”