In a recent development within the Canadian Football League (CFL), Calgary Stampeders’ placekicker Rene Paredes has decided to extend his professional journey, agreeing to a one-year contract extension with the team. The 38-year-old Paredes has exhibited a steady performance, maintaining an 86.7 percent success rate on field goals during the 2023 season.
Paredes’ accomplishments over the past season have been noteworthy, as he has surpassed two significant career milestones: appearing in over 200 games and accumulating over 2000 career points. These feats earned him the designation as the team’s nominee for the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player – an honor he has received seven times throughout his career.
An undrafted free agent from Concordia, Paredes signed with the Stampeders in 2011 and is set to commence his 13th season with the CFL franchise. With 2129 career regular-season points under his belt, Paredes ranks ninth in the league history. The Venezuela-born kicker also won two Grey Cups with the team, in 2014 and another in 2018.
Paredes himself has expressed gratitude for his long tenure with the Stampeders and his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success, aiming for victories and the pursuit of another championship.
Looking ahead, the Calgary Stampeders will kick off their 2024 season with a home game facing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday, June 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET, signalling the start of another quest for CFL glory. Paredes will once again be an integral part of the team’s special teams unit, as Calgary seeks to forge a path back to the top of the league standings.
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