Kenny Stafford returns to the Edmonton Eskimos
The 27-year-old international receiver has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eskimos for the 2018 season.
“I’m comfortable here, I feel like it’s home,” said Stafford, who elected to stay in Edmonton most of this off-season instead of returning to his home in Florida.
“That should tell you everything you need to know about how I feel about this place.”
It will be Stafford’s sixth CFL season and third with the Green and Gold. He’s looking forward to another year in Edmonton.
“I think for both parties it’s a good fit. I feel like I bring something to the table and the Eskimos bring stability to my career. This is the first time that I will be playing on a team back-to-back years. I will be going into the same locker room, I know the coaches, I know the offence and I know the players.”
Because of all that, Stafford feels he will be much more productive. He played in five games for the Eskimos last season, with 20 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
The Columbus, OH native first landed in Edmonton in 2015 when he was traded from Montreal for Fred Stamps. That was easily the best year of his career as he helped the Eskimos to the 2015 Grey Cup, collecting 732 yards and nine touchdowns along the way.
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Stafford opted for free agency that off-season and returned to Montreal for 2016 — only to be released late in the year.
Winnipeg signed Stafford to start last season, but he was released by the Blue Bombers at the end of training camp, only to re-join the Eskimos later that same day.
Already a free agent, Stafford had talked with other teams, but the only contract offer he got was from the Eskimos and that was just fine with him.
“This place, it just works for me.”
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Stafford has played 46 CFL games with 1,479 yards in receiving and 14 TDs. He’ll be in the mix to replace Brandon Zylstra, who has left for the NFL.
The Eskimos also announced Thursday the signing of international defensive back Ahmad Dixon. He played in one game with the Eskimos in 2017.
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