January 28, 2019


The Calgary Stampeders have signed international linebacker Wynton McManis to a two-year contract. The University of Memphis alumnus had been eligible to become a free agent in February.

McManis was the CFL’s leader in special-teams tackles in 2018 with 25 stops. In 16 games, including one start, he also recorded 16 defensive tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The 24-year-old Memphis native was in uniform for both the Western Final and the Grey Cup and had a total of three special-teams tackles in the post-season.

“Wynton has established himself as an excellent special-teams performer and has also made contributions on defence,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He has made great strides since his progress was slowed by a knee injury during his first season with us and this is his time to shine.”

McManis joined the Stamps in 2017 and has played 28 career regular-season games, accumulating 18 defensive tackles, 32 special-teams tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

“Calgary feels like home to me and I’m happy to be staying,” said McManis. “This is a very good situation for me – last year was very enjoyable and I believe this team is capable of doing more great things. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try and win a Grey Cup at home in front of our fans in 2019.”