January 27, 2021

Stamps Add Defensive Lineman

Photo by Mark Shannon

The Calgary Stampeders have signed American defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes.

The Clemson product has 12 games of National Football League experience with the New Orleans Saints and in 2020 he was a teammate of Stampeders linebacker Jameer Thurman with the XFL’s D.C. Defenders.

Tavaris Barnes
Defensive lineman
College: Clemson
Height: 6.03
Weight: 270
Born: Nov. 2, 1991
Birthplace: Nassau, BS

Barnes signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and in 12 games he recorded five tackles. He has also spent time with Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington. In 2018, he joined the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football. In the XFL, he played two games for the Defenders, recording one tackle for loss, one quarterback hurry and a half-sack.

Barnes played 46 games over four seasons at Clemson and was part of the Tigers’ Atlantic Coast Conference championship team as a freshman in 2011. He recorded 46 career tackles including nine tackles for loss and added five sacks, one forced fumble and two pass breakups.