Ottawa Redblacks sign award-winning DL Lorenzo Mauldin IV to one-year extension

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed American defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin IV to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

“What’s good Ottawa! It was such a pleasure playing for the Redblacks in 2022 and I happen to love you all so much that I wanted to do it again in 2023!” said Mauldin in a statement. “My family and I are excited to keep calling Ottawa home next season. Thanks for the love, RNation!”

The 30-year-old had a breakout season in 2022, recording 43 tackles, 17 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was named the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, beating out Calgary Stampeders’ defensive lineman Shawn Lemon, who was the West Division nominee.

“Lorenzo Mauldin is a player who gives everything he can every time he hits the field and is someone you don’t want to be playing against,” said Redblacks’ general manager Shawn Burke. “He was last year’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for a reason and we’re excited to see him take the next step in his career as a Redblack.”

Mauldin signed his first CFL contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in April 2019. He made 25 total tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble over two seasons with the team, dressing for 17 games in what was primarily a special teams role.

The native of Sacramento, Calif. was a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Louisville. He made 33 tackles, four tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two knockdowns, one interception, and one fumble recovery over 26 games with the team but missed the entire 2017 season due to a back injury. He was released the following season.