Stampeders sign American defensive back Raheem Wilson

Toronto Argonauts' Llevi Noel, right, looks on as Calgary Stampeders' Raheem Wilson, catches a pass meant for him during second half CFL football action. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have signed American defensive back Raheem Wilson to a contract, the CFL club said Monday.

He started all 18 regular-season games for the Stampeders in his rookie campaign in 2019. Wilson had 36 defensive tackles, one special-teams stop, two interceptions, one forced fumble and eight knockdowns.

"Raheem made a very positive first impression as a rookie as he earned a starting position at cornerback,'' Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a release. "I'm looking forward to seeing him continue his development in his second season.''

Wilson opted out of his contract on Sept. 3 and would have been eligible for free agency on Feb. 9. Calgary retained and exercised the right to sign him to a new contract prior to the start of the free-agency period.

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