Calgary Stampeders release Trumaine Washington, sign Global kicker

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The Calgary Stampeders have released American defensive back Trumaine Washington, the team announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old started 12 games this past season, playing primarily at boundary halfback and recording 42 defensive tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown. He was scheduled to become a free agent on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The five-foot-nine, 190-pound defender has dressed for 51 career CFL games with the Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Elks, and Stamps, recording 153 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, 12 interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

Calgary also signed Global kicker Toshiki Sato. The native of Yokohama, Japan was a second-round pick in the 2021 CFL Global Draft and played one regular-season game for Toronto as a rookie, punting nine times for 311 yards and missing one convert attempt.