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Ottawa Redblacks sign veteran receiver Ellingson to contract extension

Redblacks re-sign receiver Ellingson

OTTAWA — Greg Ellingson will help the Ottawa Redblacks defend their Grey Cup title in 2017.

The veteran receiver signed a contract extension through the 2018 season Friday. He was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday.

“Greg is an integral part of our offence and we’re very pleased to have a player of his calibre experience and character in the Redblacks’ organization for another two years,” GM Marcel Desjardins said in a statement. “Trevor (Ottawa starter Trevor Harris) and Greg have a good relationship and this continuity will only benefit our offence.”

Ellingson had 76 catches for 1,260 yards —both career highs — and four TDs last season. The six-foot-three, 197-pound Tampa native recorded 69 receptions for 1,061 yards in 2015 with Ottawa.

Ellingson’s 93-yard TD pass from Henry Burris led Ottawa to a thrilling 35-28 win over Hamilton in the 2015 East final and secure the franchise its first Grey Cup berth.

The Canadian Press