In the Nick of time: Stampeders add veteran DB Nick Taylor

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The Calgary Stampeders have added veteran American defensive back Nick Taylor to their roster for the 2023 season.

The 35-year-old played 13 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022, recording 44 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and three interceptions. He suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 14, causing his stock to drop in free agency.

“The opportunity to be able to join a great organization like Calgary was one I couldn’t pass up. I’m just excited to help win a championship, get to camp and meet the guys, coaches and fans,” Taylor said in a statement.

“Health-wise, I’m feeling tremendous. I’ve been working out fully since March with no limitations so I couldn’t be more ready to go and again prove myself as one of better DBs in the league.”

The five-foot-nine, 181-pound cover man has played 64 games over six CFL season with the Ottawa Redblacks, Edmonton Elks, and Bombers. He has amassed 188 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and five interceptions, including two pick-sixes.

During his time in Winnipeg, the Miami native was part of a two Grey Cup-winning teams.

“I’ve always respected the way Nick plays the game,” Stampeders general manager and head coach Dave Dickenson said in a team statement. “He’s a welcome addition to the Red and White.”

A college basketball player at Florida International University, Taylor spent time with the Minnesota Vikings after returning to football. He later played for the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators, before coming to Canada in 2016.