February 7, 2024

Stampeders sign QB Matthew Shiltz, OL Trevon Tate

Jonathan Kozub/CFL.ca

TORONTO — The Calgary Stampeders have officially added another weapon to their quarterback room.

Pivot Matthew Shiltz has signed a deal with the Stampeders, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon, the opening of the CFL’s free agency period. The team also announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has inked free agent offensive lineman Trevon Tate.

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Shiltz, a six-foot-two, 205-pound native of St. Charles, IL has dressed in 50 games for the Alouettes (2017-2021) over four years, completing 145 of 237 pass attempts (61.2 per cent) for 1,866 yards with eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions adding 50 carries for 313 yards and two rushing touchdowns before joining the Tiger-Cats in 2022.

The quarterback then went on to appear in 28 games with Hamilton (2022-2023), completing 193 of 280 passes (68.9 per cent) for 2,491 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions while adding 312 yards and two majors as a runner.

Last year, Shiltz took over after an injury to starter Bo Levi Mitchell but ended up suffering an injury of his own that kept him to 11 appearances. Overall he finished with 1,556 passing yards, seven touchdowns and five picks while splitting time with Mitchell under centre to close out the season.

Shiltz played 29 games over four seasons at Butler University (2012-2015). With the Bulldogs, he completed 324 of 552 passes (59 per cent) for 4,042 yards with 29 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions while adding 175 carries with 862 yards on the ground and 13 rushing touchdowns.

Tate (six-foot-four, 295 pounds) played and started 10 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 2023 and was part of an offensive line that allowed a league-low total of 19 sacks. He made eight starts at left tackle and two at right tackle.

The University of Memphis product played a total of 18 games for the Boatmen after starting his career with Hamilton in 2019. He also appeared in one game for Ottawa in 2021 and has a total of 21 career games played in the CFL.

In college, Tate played 51 games and made 48 starts in four seasons at Memphis. He earned first-team all-American Athletic Conference honours in 2017 as he part of a Tigers offence that produced a school-record 6,917 yards and he was all-AAC second team in 2018. Tate made eight starts at right tackle as a freshman and played primarily at left tackle for his final three seasons.

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