- Free Agency
CALGARY — Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel announced today the re-signing of import defensive lineman Demonte’ Bolden. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Bolden, who had been eligible to become a free agent on Feb. 15, played 17 regular-season games at defensive tackle for the Stampeders in 2013, recording 34 tackles, four sacks, three knockdowns and two fumble recoveries.
One of the sacks — during an Aug. 9 game against Saskatchewan — was for a safety. He was part of a defensive unit that led the CFL in sacks in 2013 and allowed the second-lowest point total.
Bolden missed the Western Final because of a knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale.
“Demonte’ was a strong presence on the interior of our defensive line last season,” said Hufnagel. “All reports indicate that his recovery is going well and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in full form at training camp.”
Bolden, 28, signed with the Stampeders in 2011 after two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He has recorded 110 career tackles to go with nine sacks and five fumble recoveries.
“I’m grateful to be returning to the Stampeders,” said Bolden, a University of Tennessee alumnus. “I love the city, I love the fans, I love my teammates and it’s great to be back. My knee is doing very well and I’m working hard to get ready for the coming season.”