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February 21, 2017

REDBLACKS acquire Drew Tate from Calgary

The Ottawa REDBLACKS have acquired quarterback Drew Tate from the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018, the club announced Tuesday.

Tate, 32, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Stampeders, completing 380 of 572 passes for 4,670 yards and 32 touchdowns in 45 games. Frequently used in short yardage situations, Tate had a CFL-best 10 rushing touchdowns in 2014.

“It’s always paramount in the CFL to have at least two veteran quarterbacks that you know you can win with,” said REDBLACKS Head Coach Rick Campbell. “Drew is a proven performer in this league and we’re happy to have him in Ottawa.”

The former Iowa Hawkeye has also spent time on the practice rosters of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.