Stamps bring back running back Dedrick Mills, safety Nick Statz

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The Calgary Stampeders have re-signed American running back Dedrick Mills and Canadian defensive back Nick Statz.

Both players had been eligible to become CFL free agents on Feb. 13.

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Mills, a 27-year-old native of Waycross, Ga., was the Stampeders’ leading rusher in 2023, as he racked up 802 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in 14 games including nine starts. The University of Nebraska alumnus had a pair of 100-yard performances and he also contributed 21 catches for 123 yards and three kickoff returns for 55 yards.

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In 20 career games over two seasons with the Red and White, the 5-foot-10, 228-lb. Mills has 209 carries for 1,261 yards and six touchdowns as well as 34 catches for 228 yards.

Calgary Stampeders defensive back Nick Statz reaches out to try and block a pass to wide receiver Clark Barnes during team practice at McMahon Stadium on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.Gavin Young/Postmedia Gavin Young/Postmedia

Statz, 27, is a local product — out of the Notre Dame High School and the University of Calgary programs — who has played 36 games for the Stamps since being selected in the sixth round of the 2019 draft. In 13 games including one start in 2023, he had five defensive tackles, two special-teams stops, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one knockdown.

For his career, the 5-foot-10, 186-lb. Statz has 11 defensive tackles, 17 special-teams stops, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and two knockdowns.

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