Ottawa Redblacks sign former CFL all-star DB Winston Rose

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed veteran defensive back Winston Rose to their practice roster.

The 30-year-old most recently played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, recording 32 tackles and one interception over 10 games last season. He primarily started at field-side cornerback, though he was a healthy scratch during the club’s postseason run.

The six-foot, 180-pound defender first came to the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 2016, though he didn’t dress for any regular season games with the team. He played four games with the Redblacks in 2017, making 21 tackles.

Rose left for the B.C. Lions in 2018 and made 32 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, and five interceptions over 18 games. He set all-new career-highs again the following year with Winnipeg, making 58 tackles and nine interceptions to be named a CFL all-star and win the Grey Cup.

The native of Inglewood, Calif. won another Grey Cup with the Blue Bombers in 2021 after spending the 2020 season with the Cincinnati Bengals and remained a starter with the team in 2022 when he made 66 tackles, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Rose has played a total of 70 regular season CFL games and made 214 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, 18 interceptions, and one forced fumble.

The Ottawa Redblacks (0-0) will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1) at TD Place Stadium on Thursday, June 13 with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. EDT.