Stamps sign National OL Zack Williams to extension

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have signed national offensive lineman Zack Williams to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. The Winnipeg product had been eligible to become a free agent next month.

Williams played all 14 regular season games for the Stampeders in 2021 including 13 starts at left guard. He also started the Western Semi-Final. Williams was part of a unit that allowed the second-fewest sacks in the league and blocked for tailback Ka’Deem Carey, who led all running backs with seven rushing touchdowns and was second in the league in both rushing yards and yards from scrimmage.

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Williams is the fifth veteran offensive lineman to sign a deal with the Stampeders this off-season, joining a group that includes holdovers Julian Good-Jones, Sean McEwen and Ryan Sceviour as well as the returning Derek Dennis, who had two previous stints in Calgary.

“We feel the offensive line will again be a strength for us in 2022 and after establishing himself as a starter last season, Zack should be a big part of that unit,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “I was very pleased with Zack’s progress in 2021 and look forward to seeing him continue to develop and further raise his game.”

“I’m thankful to the Stampeders organization for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the season,” said Williams. “I believe we have the players and coaches in place to be a serious contender for the Grey Cup.”

Williams was the Stamps’ third-round selection in the 2019 draft and he appeared in two games as reserve during his rookie season. He was a Canada West all-star at the University of Manitoba in 2018.

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