Ottawa Redblacks sign three, release four

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed American defensive backs Kalon Gervin, Jordan Jones, and Dishon McNary.

Gervin played 26 collegiate games at the University of Kansas where he made 35 total tackles, one tackle for loss, and eight pass knockdowns. The five-foot-eleven, 195-pound native of Detroit, Mi. previously played at Michigan State University where he made 35 total tackles, four pass knockdowns, and one fumble recovery. He recently attended rookie minicamp with the Green Bay Packers.

Jones was recently released by the Toronto Argonauts after signing his first CFL contract earlier this off-season. The six-foot-one, 174-pound defender played 22 collegiate games at the University of Rhode Island where he made 72 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 30 pass knockdowns, and one sack. He previously played at Naussau Community College.

The 24-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.Y. signed with the Los Angeles Rams after going unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft but didn’t make the team’s final roster.

McNary signed with the Montreal Alouettes last season after participating in training camp with the Calgary Stampeders. The six-foot, 196-pound defender dressed for four games with the Alouettes, recording one special teams tackle.

The 26-year-old native of East Pauldin, Ga. played 11 collegiate games at Central Michigan University where he recorded 47 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass knockdowns, one interception, and one fumble recovery. He previously played at Independence Community College.

The Redblacks have also released American receiver Mike Harley and American defensive backs Jaquan Amos, D.J. Stirgus, and Dillon Thomas.

Harley played 60 collegiate games at the University of Miami, making 182 catches for 2,158 yards, and 15 touchdowns. He was named third-team All-ACC in 2020 and graduated the following year as the Hurricanes’ all-time receptions leader.

The five-foot-ten, 173-pound target went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft but spent that season on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad. He was waived following training camp in 2023 and later joined the UFL’s DC Defenders.

Amos made 95 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and 0.5 sacks during his senior season at Ball State. The six-foot, 194-pound native of Philadelphia, Pa. signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent this past season but was waived with an injury settlement during training camp.

Thomas made 56 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, four pass knockdowns, and one interception over 11 games at Missouri State University. The six-foot-two, 189-pound native of Kansas City, Mo. previously played at Northern Illinois University where he made 122 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, 11 pass knockdowns, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.