Ottawa Redblacks re-sign Canadian running back Jackson Bennett

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The Ottawa Redblacks signed national running back Jackson Bennett to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity,” said Bennett in a statement. “Ottawa has been home for a very long time and holds a special place in my heart. To suit up again for the city that raised me is nothing but a blessing.”

The 26-year-old signed with the Redblacks in free agency in 2022 after spending the first three seasons of his CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 14 games, the Cumberland, Ontario native rushed for a career-high 234 yards on 50 attempts and hauled in 15 catches for 86 yards. Bennett also contributed in the return game, racking up 160 yards on eight kick returns.

The University of Ottawa product was second-round pick of the Ticats, 11th overall, in the 2018 CFL Draft. He began his professional career as a defensive back before transitioning to running back in 2019. In his three seasons in Hamilton, Bennett carried the ball 46 times for 219 yards and one touchdown, caught 13 passes for 102 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 155 yards.