- Free Agency
CALGARY — The league’s reigning sacks leader is staying in Calgary.
Monday, Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel announced that import defensive lineman Charleston Hughes has signed a contract extension.
As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Hughes was the CFL’s sack champion in 2013 with 18 and he wound up just one sack shy of Harold Hallman’s single-season franchise record. He was a CFL all-star and was the West Division finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.
The Saginaw, Mich., native is a three-time division all-star and two-time league all-star and has been the Stampeders leader or co-leader in sacks in every season since joining the Red and White in 2008.
“Charleston has firmly established himself as a premier defensive end in this league and is a key cog in our defensive unit,” said Hufnagel. “I’m pleased that he has chosen to remain with the Stampeders and look forward to his continued excellence in the years to come.”
In six years with the Stamps, Hughes has amassed 54 sacks to move into third place on the franchise’s all-time list. He also has 258 tackles, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 14 forced fumbles.
“I want to thank the entire organization for bringing me back,” said Hughes. “I love playing in Calgary and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and getting after another championship.”