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The Calgary Stampeders have signed international kick returner and running back Roy Finch to a contract that runs through the 2019 season. The CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, Finch had been eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday.
Finch joined the Stamps in 2016 after beginning his CFL career with the Ottawa RedBlacks. The Niceville, Fla., native’s 2017 season included 26 kickoff returns for 696 yards and 73 punt returns for a team-record 1,200 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. He led the league in both punt-return yards and punt-return average.
Offensively, Finch added 21 carries for 114 yards and 18 receptions for 133 yards along with a two-point convert. In addition to being voted the league’s top special-teams player, he was named a CFL all-star.
In his CFL career, Finch has played 34 games – including 29 with the Stampeders – and has 4,597 combined return yards. That total includes 151 punt returns for 2,247 yards and four touchdowns, 86 kickoff returns for 2,124 yards and seven missed-field goal returns for 216 yards.
“Roy has established himself as an elite returner in this league and I’m very pleased that he is remaining with the Red and White,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “I look forward to another great season from Roy on special teams in addition to his contributions on offence as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield.”
A four-year member of the University of Oklahoma, Finch made 10 starts in 47 appearances for the Sooners with eight touchdowns on offence and one special-teams score.
“To everyone in the Stamps family, I’m so excited to be coming back for another two years and to get back to chasing that Grey Cup,” said Finch. “I love Stampeders pride and everything this organization stands for. These last two years with the Stamps have been a crazy, amazing ride and I’m looking forward to even more amazing things in the next two years.”