Defensive back Fred Bennett avoided the open market on Monday by signing a new deal with the Calgary Stampeders.
Set to become a free agent on February 15, the 29-year-old Bennett will remain in Red and White through the 2016 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Fred has been a reliable player and an important contributor to our defence as well as to our special teams since he joined the Stampeders two years ago," said general manager and head coach John Hufnagel. "I'm pleased that he has made this commitment to the club and expect more good things from him in the years to come."
Last season, his second in the CFL, the South Carolina product posted 38 tackles and three interceptions.
"The Stampeders are a first-class organization and I'm happy to be staying," said Bennett. "I'm still looking for the first ring of my football career and I believe we're very close to a championship. I'm looking forward to the new season and to finishing the job. I truly believe that Calgary is the right place for me."
The Stamps signed Bennett as a free agent on May 22, 2012. He was selected in the fourth round (123rd overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2007 NFL Draft. He recorded 62 tackles and three interceptions as a rookie with Houston in 2007 and then was cut in August 2010. He went on to play for the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.