Calgary Stampeders re-sign linebacker Cory Greenwood to one-year deal

The Calgary Stampeders re-signed Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Greenwood, 33, was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

The six-foot-two, 235-pound native of Kingston, Ont., joined the Stampeders last September and appeared in six regular-season games. He registered two defensive tackles and five special-teams tackles.

He also played in the West Division final and Calgary’s 27-16 Grey Cup win over Ottawa, recording three special-teams tackles.

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Greenwood fills a need for Calgary with the off-season departures of Canadian Alex Singleton (Philadelphia, NFL) and Jameer Thurman (Chicago, NFL).

“Cory is a versatile and experienced player with the ability to contribute both on special teams and on defence,” said Calgary president/GM John Hufnagel in a statement.

“He will get the opportunity to earn an important role as he enters his first full season with the club.”

Greenwood has appeared in 76 career games with Calgary and Toronto as well as the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. The Argos selected Greenwood third overall in the 2010 CFL draft but he opted to sign as a free agent with the Chiefs.

He appeared in 48 career games with Kansas City, accumulating 34 tackles and a forced fumble. Greenwood signed with the Detroit Lions on May 6, 2013 but was placed on injured reserve and ultimately released Aug. 8, 2014.

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Greenwood joined the Argos during the ’14 CFL campaign. In 22 regular-season appearances, Greenwood had 106 tackles including six for loss, seven special-teams tackles, three sacks, three knockdowns, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Greenwood signed with Edmonton in 2017 but suffered a season-ending knee injury during training camp. The Eskimos released Greenwood in March 2018.

“I’m happy we got this deal done ahead of free agency,” said Greenwood. “Alex Singleton and Jameer Thurman left some big shoes to fill and I wish them the best down south.

“I’m looking forward to working with coach Monson (new defensive co-ordinator Brent Monson) and his staff. Hopefully we can retain the core group of guys from last year and go back-to-back by winning the Grey Cup on home turf.”

The Toronto Argonauts signed American defensive back Trey Caldwell to a two-year contract. Caldwell, 25, was a fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and was there for one season before joining the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2018 campaign and ultimately being released during final cuts.

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