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The Ottawa Redblacks announced the addition of three American defensive players – defensive linemen Jhaustin Thomas and Trevon McSwain and defensive back Denzel Rice – Thursday.

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McSwain, 25, was revealed as a member of the team’s negotiation in December. In 49 games at Duke, McSwain (6-foot-6, 285 lbs., had 102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

The 28-year-old Thomas (6-foot-6, 275 lbs., out of Trinity Valley) spent the 2021 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after beginning his CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts in 2019. In 11 regular-season contests, he has 14 defensive tackles and a sack.

Rice, 28, joins the Redblacks after spending 2021 with the Spring League’s Blues. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Rice (Coastal Carolina) spent time with Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Baltimore, appearing in 19 NFL games – with 14 defensive tackles and an interception.


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