Ottawa Redblacks signed linebacker Deshawn Stevens, their 2021 first-round pick

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OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks signed linebacker Deshawn Stevens, their 2021 first-round pick, to a CFL contract Friday.

Ottawa selected Stevens, 24, in the first round, No. 6 overall, in last year's draft. The Toronto native had 12 tackles through 10 games last season at West Virginia.

The six-foot-two, 255-pound Stevens recorded 36 tackles (13 unassisted) the previous season at Maine in a campaign reduced to four games.

Lions sign Brauns, Dixon

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions signed global defensive lineman Karlis Brauns and Canadian receiver Dallas Dixon on Friday.

B.C. selected the six-foot-four, 270-pound Brauns, of Riga, Latvia, in the first round, No. 3 overall, in the CFL global draft Tuesday.

Dixon, of Sherwood Park, Alta., joins the Lions following three years at Simon Fraser, registering 17 catches for 255 yards and two TDs in 23 career games.

Stampeders sign global players Gomes, Devine-Scott

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders signed linebacker Ryan Gomes and defensive back Bailey Devine-Scott on Friday.

Both players were selected in the second and third rounds, respectively, in the 2022 CFL global draft Tuesday.

Gomes, a six-foot, 217-pound linebacker, was in North Carolina but raised in Brazil. He played at Mexico’s Universidad de las Americas Puebla and signed with Ottawa last year but was released.

Devine-Scott is a six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Australian who played his college football at Western New England, a Division 111 school in Springfield, Mass. He appeared in 24 career games at safety, registering 133 tackles (three for loss) 16 pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked extra kick.


Elks sign Jones, transfer Barrett to retired list

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed Cardale Jones and transferred J.T. Barrett on Friday in two moves involving former Ohio State quarterbacks.

Jones led Ohio State to the 2014 NCAA title before being selected in the fourth round of the '16 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He appeared in one game with the club that season, Buffalo's regular-season finale, completing 6-of-11 passes for 96 yards and one interception.

Jones was dealt to the Los Angeles Chargers at season's end and remained with the club until August of 2019. He had a short stint on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before landing with the XFL’s DC Defenders in 2020.

Barrett signed with Edmonton in January and was transferred to the retired list due to an injury sustained in late March. After a medical assessment, it was determined Barrett would be unavailable for the entire 2022 campaign.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2022.

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