Just one week following the re-signing of defensive back Justin Howell, the organization announced the extensions of Danny Mason, Michael Wakefield and Avery Ellis who will all join the defensive line once again in 2020.
Mason spent the past two seasons in Ottawa, although due to injury trouble he’s only been able to play 17 games where he’s tallied over 40 total tackles. Mason hasn’t had too much play at the CFL level, but with his contract with the Broncos and Bears behind him he has proved himself to be a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
To come with Mason was both Avery Ellis and Michael Wakefield and they both have been big pieces to the Redblacks defense. Wakefield has played 39 games as a Redblack where he’s gotten 55 tackles, 7 sacks and one interception. Ellis on the other hand recently led the Redblacks defense in sacks with 7 which added to his career totals of 16 in the 43 games played. Ellis also has 98 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the past three seasons in Ottawa.
Ottawa is happy to have all three of these defensive linemen back with the team in 2020, and the new defensive coordinator Mike Benevides must be excited to work with them all for the first time.