CALGARY — Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce that free-agent import returner Larry Taylor has signed a contract with the club. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“It was evident that, with the loss of Brandon Browner and the unlikelihood of signing Dwight Anderson, we lost some play-making ability on our football team,” said Hufnagel. “So we went out and signed the best playmaker available. Larry is a dangerous returner and can be used as both a running back and wide receiver in our offence.”
Taylor played in 31 regular-season contests over the course of the 2008 and 2009 seasons for the Montreal Alouettes. He returned 133 punts for 1,314 yards and three touchdowns, returned 79 kickoffs for 1,696 yards and added seven missed field goal returns for 319 yards and a major. He also rushed for 33 yards on six carries and caught seven passes for 38 yards. Taylor added two punt-return scores in the postseason.
Taylor was named the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2009, was a division and league all-star and also helped Montreal win the Grey Cup. After a stint with the New York Jets in 2010, he rejoined the Als late in the 2010 season and suited up for the regular-season finale.
“I’m excited to be coming to Calgary and I’m looking forward to joining a first-class organization such as the Stampeders,” said Taylor. “I can’t wait to get going. I’m ready to get back to where I left off after being named the special-teams player of the year back in 2009.”