Stampeders re-sign all-star cornerback Ciante Evans

Calgary Stampeders' Ciante Evans (0) tries to tackle Ottawa Redblacks' Diontae Spencer (85) in second half CFL action in Calgary, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Spencer did his best to keep the Ottawa Redblacks within striking distance of the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday night. (Mike Ridewood/AP)

The Calgary Stampeders announced they’ve signed international defensive back Ciante Evans.

Evans was a CFL all-star in each of the past two seasons and was eligible for free agency on Feb. 13.

He joined the Stampeders in 2015 and became a full-time starter at cornerback in 2016. He led Calgary with five interceptions in 2017 and earned division and league all-star honours for a second consecutive season.

“Ciante has established himself as one of the premier corners in the CFL and I’m pleased he has chosen to remain with the red and white,” said president and general manager John Hufnagel in a news release.

In 34 career CFL regular-season games, the 25-year-old has 98 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles.

“I’m thankful to the Calgary organization for giving me the opportunity to continue my dream as a football player,” said Evans. “Calgary is a beautiful city with great fans. I’m excited to be back, to get back to work and I’m looking forward to what the 2018 season has in store for the organization as well as myself.”

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