Rogers, Turner re-sign with Calgary Stampeders before free agency opens

Veteran receiver Eric Rogers and Canadian defensive lineman Junior Turner are staying with the Calgary Stampeders.

Rogers signed a two-year contract with the Grey Cup champions, while Turner also re-signed rather than hit the free-agent market Tuesday at 12 p.m. EST. Rogers is in his second stint with the Stamps and has helped the team win two CFL championships during his tenure, while Turner will enter his ninth year with Calgary

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Marquee quarterbacks Mike Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell and Trevor Harris were expected to hit free agency later Tuesday. A CFL source said earlier Tuesday that Reilly was expected to sign with the B.C. Lions

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Last season, Rogers started eight of nine games he appeared in, registering 36 catches for 499 yards and five TDs. He had six catches for 61 yards and a club playoff-record three TDs in the West Division final before adding six receptions _ including three second-down conversions _ in Calgary’s 27-16 Grey Cup victory over Ottawa.

“When Eric is on the field, he’s a game-changing receiver,” Calgary president/GM John Hufnagel said in a statement. “He battled through knee problems to make very important contributions for us last season.

“We expect that the knee will not be a significant issue for Eric in 2019 and that he will maintain his high level of play.”

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Rogers has appeared in 28 career regular-season games over three seasons with Calgary. He’s accumulated 132 catches for 2,096 yards and 17 TDs.

After being limited to a total of 13 games in the previous two seasons due to injuries, Turner played all 18 regular-season contests for the Stampeders in 2018, including four starts at defensive tackle. He recorded 21 tackles including one tackle for a loss and established a new career high with four sacks. The Toronto native also had one fumble recovery.

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“Junior has long been a mainstay of our defence and 2018 was an excellent bounce-back season for him after some bad luck with injuries,” Hufnagel said. “He’s an important part of our Canadian depth on the defensive line and I’m pleased to have him back.”

A half hour before free agency hit, the Stamps also re-signed Canadian receiver Juwan Brescacin.

The Mississauga, Ont., product set career highs with 35 catches, 567 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year.

Brescacin will enter his fourth year with Stamps in 2019.

As of noon Eastern on Tuesday, the following Stamps players hit the free agent market:

  • DB Tunde Adeleke
  • Receiver Davaris Daniels
  • DB Emmanuel Davis
  • DE Ja’Gared Davis
  • Receiver Lamar Durant
  • DB Ciante Evans
  • Receiver Bakari Grant
  • LB Maleki Harris
  • DL Micah Johnson
  • DL Cordarro Law
  • DB Patrick Levels
  • QB Bo Levi Mitchell
  • OL Randy Richards
  • OL Quinn Smith
  • DB Troy Stoudemire
  • DB Adam Thibault
  • OL Spencer Wilson