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CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders continued what’s been a busy off-season so far on Monday, announcing they’ve reached a contract extension with veteran Brandon Smith.
The veteran defensive back has been with the Stampeders since 2008.
“Smitty has been an important part of our defence for a long time and I’m pleased that he has chosen to remain with us,” said General Manager John Hufnagel. “He brings stability and experience to our secondary and has proven himself as one of the best defensive halfbacks in the league.”
Smith has been a fixture at the halfback position since joining the Stampeders eight years ago, with 103 career starts in as many regular-season appearances. In 2015, Smith started 17 games and was second on the team with three interceptions and third with 57 tackles. The Sacramento State product also had eight pass knockdowns and a sack. He started both of Calgary’s playoff games and made 15 total tackles.
“I’ve been with the Stamps for eight seasons now and I can’t imagine playing anywhere else,” said Smith. “I’m fortunate to be with such a great group of teammates and coaches and I also appreciate all the tremendous fan support we’ve received over the years.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”
The 31-year-old CFL veteran was a Grey Cup Champion in 2014, the same year he was named both a CFL and CFL West All-Star. Before arriving in Calgary, Smith played for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.
In 103 career games with the Stamps, Smith has recorded 414 tackles to go with 11 interceptions, including one pick-six, 22 knockdowns, six sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He’s also dressed for 12 post-season contests including Grey Cup victories in 2008 and 2014.
In 2016, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound defender will suit up for a different head coach for the first time. Hufnagel was the Stamps’ head coach in 2008 when Smith joined the Stampeders, but next season Dave Dickenson will coach the Stampeders.
Smith joins Joe Burnett and Brandon McDonald as defensive backs that have re-signed in Calgary this season, along with defensive players Frank Beltre and Junior Turner.