Notifications

Martell Mallett signs on with CFL's Stampeders

The Calgary Stampeders are giving running back Martell Mallett a chance to resurrect his CFL career. The league's top rookie in 2009 missed the entire 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon before Hamilton released him.

Running back missed 2012 season with torn Achilles tendon

Running back Martell Mallett, who was the CFL's top rookie in 2009 while with the B.C. Lions, is now a member of the Stampeders. He missed the 2012 season with Hamilton after tearing his Achilles tendon and was subsequently released. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press/File)

The Calgary Stampeders are giving running back Martell Mallett a chance to resurrect his Canadian Football League career.

The Stampeders signed the former top rookie Thursday. Mallett missed the entire 2012 season with a torn Achilles tendon before being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last May.

Mallett was the CFL's top rookie in 2009 while with the B.C. Lions. He ran for 1,240 yards and six TDs that season while adding 43 catches for 342 yards and two touchdowns.

"Martell demonstrated great ability when he first arrived in the CFL and I know he's looking for a chance to prove that he is healthy and once again able to be a productive player," Calgary coach/general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement.

"We're hoping he can add depth to both the running back position and our return game and I'm looking forward to seeing him in action at training camp."

Mallett. 27, signed with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and also spent time with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants before returning to the CFL with Hamilton.

"I've been working hard this past year and I'm 100 per cent healthy again," said Mallett. "I'm very grateful to the Stampeders for this opportunity and I can't wait to get back on the field."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.