Stampeders extend American offensive lineman Randy Richards

The Stamps signed American offensive lineman Randy Richards to a contract extension Friday.

Richards would have been a free agent in February.

The 26-year-old started 11 games total at left tackle in 2017. He was part of a Calgary offensive line that allowed the second-fewest fewest sacks in the CFL and helped running back Jerome Messam break the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for a third consecutive year.

“Randy has been with us for almost three seasons, and has progressively gotten better each year,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He eventually became our starting left tackle at the latter end of the past season and I look forward to him reclaiming that position during training camp and his play continuing to improve.”

Acquired in a 2015 trade with Saskatchewan, Richards has played 17 career games including 15 with the Stamps and two with the Roughriders.

“I appreciate Calgary having me back and being willing to give me the opportunity to do what we’ve done for the past two years and that’s winning a lot of games and fighting for a Grey Cup,” said Richards. “I’m looking forward to be around the guys again and having another great season.”