Calgary Stampeders re-sign defensive linemen Rose, Wiggan

Montreal Alouettes quarter back Vernon Adams Jr. eludes a tackle by Calgary Stampeders' Mike Rose during the final minute of CFL football action in Calgary, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Chidley

The Calgary Stampeders signed defensive tackles Mike Rose and Derek Wiggan to two-year contract extensions Monday.

Rose, an American, and Wiggan, a Canadian, were both slated to become CFL free agents next month.

“Derek and Mike have been a very effective tandem in the middle of our defensive line and I'm pleased that they have chosen to make this commitment to the Stampeders,” John Hufnagel, Calgary's president and general manager said in a statement. "Both players continue to get better, with (Rose) earning well-deserved CFL all-star recognition last season."

The six-foot-two, 270-pound Rose had seven sacks, 24 tackles (three for a loss) and three knockdowns in 13 games last season. Rose has appeared in 33 career regular-season games with Calgary.

Wiggan, a six-foot-one, 294-pound Toronto native, has spent the last six seasons with Calgary. He had 32 tackles (three for a loss), two sacks and a forced fumble in 14 games last year when he was Calgary's top Canadian nominee.

Wiggan, who played collegiately at Queen's, has appeared in 92 career regular-season games with Calgary since being selected in the fourth round of the '14 CFL draft by the franchise.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2022