Back in (Red)black: Ottawa re-signs veteran DB Abdul Kanneh

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The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed American defensive back Abdul Kanneh to a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old halfback has played eight seasons in the CFL and five with Ottawa, interrupted by stops with Hamilton and Toronto. He played just 12 games in 2022 due to injury, posting 37 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble.

In 94 career CFL games, Kanneh has racked up 315 tackles, seven sacks, 19 interceptions, eight forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown.

The New Mexico Highlands product was named a CFL all-star in 2015 and took home East Division honours in 2016, a season in which he helped the REDBLACKS to their first Grey Cup victory. Kanneh is best remembered for his shoe-string tackle of Stampeders’ backup Andrew Buckley at the goal line which helped force that game into overtime.