The Ottawa Redblacks have signed defensive back Jonte Green, and running back Brandon Ross to their roster.
Ottawa Redblacks Sign Jonte Green and Brandon Ross
Help on Defence
Green played his college football at New Mexico State. In 2010 he averaged 6.1 tackles per game finishing the season with 74 tackles, 46 solo, and eight broken passes. Green entered the NFL in 2012 as the sixth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. He played in 24 total games over the course of the the next two seasons with the Lions. In them, he amassed 29 solo tackles, nine assisted tackles, one interception, and one sack.
Upon being released by Detroit in 2014, Green signed a futures contract with the Buffalo Bills. He was released later having never taken a snap with the team. The Arizona Cardinals signed him in 2015 and he was cut soon after. Last season, he was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He participated in training camp and the preseason, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.
Adding a Third Punch At Running Back
Ross suited up for the Maryland Terrapins where he redshirted his freshman year. He led the team in rushing all but one season in which he was the starter. In his senior year he tallied 10 rushing touchdowns. Brandon also led the Big Ten Conference averaging 6.1 yards per carry. All of which amounted to an honuorable mention in the All-Big Ten.
He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May of 2016 by the Minnesota Vikings but was released two weeks later only to be signed by the Green Bay Packers in late July. But he did not make the roster.
The defending Grey Cup champs are likely preparing for an free agent period that features some prominent names at the positions they have addressed with the signing of Green and Ross. Ottawa could potentially lose either one of their standout running backs as both Travon Van and Kienan Lefrance are eligible for free agency. While on the other side of the ball 10 defensive backs are set to hit the open market if not signed before February 14th. Among them are, Forrest Hightower, Tristan Jackson, Abdul Kanneh, and Antoine Pruneau all of which had solid campaigns last season.