3 Key Points
- Branden Dozier continues with the Calgary Stampeders following contract extension.
- The seasoned defensive back showed versatile play in the 2023 season.
- Dozier has contributed significantly to the team over his three-season tenure.
Calgary Stampeders Announce Contract Extension for Dozier
The Calgary Stampeders have officially secured American defensive back Branden Dozier for an extended period, as revealed by the team this Sunday. With a professional journey spanning six years, Dozier was on the cusp of free agency on February 13 before signing this vital extension.
Dozier’s Impactful Season
Throughout the 2023 season, Dozier was a key player for the Stampeders, starting in 16 games. His role was primarily as a safety in 11 games and as a SAM in five, where he amassed 63 tackles, including four hitting behind the line. His defensive prowess was further demonstrated with seven special-teams stops, two sacks, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), and six pass deflections. Dozier also played a crucial part in the Western Semi-Final, contributing four tackles to his team’s effort.
Dozier’s CFL Journey
Over his career, which included stints with the Montreal Alouettes and the BC Lions before joining the Stampeders in 2020, Dozier has made a noticeable impact. In 88 regular-season games, he has logged 352 defensive tackles, showcasing his consistent defensive capabilities. Including nine tackles for loss, 71 special-teams tackles, five sacks, and eight interceptions, Dozier’s stats reflect a versatile and effective defensive game. Moreover, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and 21 knockdowns highlight his ability to disrupt opposing offenses significantly.
Dozier’s journey with the Stampeders spans over three seasons, where he has demonstrated his skill and commitment to the team. This contract extension not only signifies Dozier’s value to the squad but also solidifies the Stampeders’ defensive line-up as they look ahead to future challenges in the CFL.
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