CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have signed veteran defensive back Emanuel Davis, the team announced Tuesday.
Davis was released last week by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, one year after signing a contract extension to remain in Hamilton.
“Emanuel is a playmaker who has versatility and can play both as a halfback and cornerback,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He comes highly recommended as a quality, hard-working player who gets the job done.”
Davis attended East Carolina for four years, recording 230 total defensive tackles and 15 sacks and returned two of his nine interceptions for touchdowns with the Pirates.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to work with the Stampeders,” said Davis. “It’s a first-class organization and I’m grateful for the opportunity to get into the locker room, soak up everything I can from the guys and do whatever I can do to make a contribution. I want to be a team player, make plays and help bring the championship hardware home.”
The 28-year-old East Carolina product enjoyed back-to-back five interception seasons with the Ticats in 2015 and 2016 respectively. In 2017, however, he was limited by an injury early in the season, before eventually being replaced in the starting lineup and scratched over the final month of the year.
In his five-year career, Davis played 61 games and recorded 191 tackles, 10 interceptions, six interceptions and a touchdown.
He could slot in as a field corner for the Stamps, who have managed to bring back most of their secondary from last season, save for Josh Bell (retired) and Tommie Campbell (free agent).