Hughes extends with Stamps

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, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders haven’t dipped into the free-agent market but instead have shown love to one of their own. The Stamps signed defensive end Charleston Hughes to a contract extension Thursday, locking up their sack leader for the next three years. “Charleston is becoming more of a leader on this team and this is an important signing for the Stampeders,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “Charleston is coming off a great season in 2011 and we’re excited to have him back for 2012 and beyond.” In 2011, Hughes emerged as one of the team leaders on defence, starting 16 games, recording 40 tackles and seven sacks. His most memorable game was Oct. 1 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders when he returned a Darian Durant fumble 71 yards for a touchdown. Hughes joined the Stamps in 2008 and helped the team win the Grey Cup that season, but he quickly signed an NFL deal that off-season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He returned after Labour Day in 2009 and went on a sack tear, leading the team with six. In four seasons with the Stamps, the 28-year-old’s either led or tied the team in QB sacks. Hughes expects even bigger things in 2012. “I believe we’re building a solid team in Calgary and we are ready for great things in 2012,” Hughes said. “Training camp is over three months away but I can’t wait to get started.”

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