Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that non-import kicker Rene Paredes has signed a contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Paredes earned CFL and West Division all-star recognition in 2012 — his second season in the league — after converting 93.0 per cent of his field-goal attempts to set a new Stampeders franchise record. It was the second-best single-season success rate in CFL history.
“In his two seasons with the team, Rene has established himself as one of the league’s most reliable kickers,” said Hufnagel. “I look forward to seeing him build on that success in the coming seasons.”
The 27-year-old Concordia University alumnus was good on 40 of his 43 field-goal tries in 2012 including 18 in a row to end the regular season. Paredes was 49-for-49 on extra-point conversions and finished third in the CFL with 170 total points. He was also among the league leaders with a 63.2-yard average on kickoffs.
During the 2012 playoffs, Paredes was successful on all eight of his field-goal attempts — bringing his overall streak of conversions to 26 — and accounted for a total of 32 points in three games.
In 2011, his rookie season, Paredes accumulated 158 points as he converted 35 of 45 field-goal tries and was perfect on 48 touchdown conversions.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first two seasons with the Stampeders and I’m very pleased to sign this contract extension that will let me stay in Calgary,” said Paredes. “I have great teammates and great coaches and I’m looking forward to the future and a chance to take that final step to winning a Grey Cup championship.”