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Ottawa Redblacks sign defensive back Jovon Johnson, linebacker Malik Jackson

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OTTAWA - The expansion Ottawa Redblacks bolstered their defence on Wednesday with the signing of defensive back Jovon Johnson and linebacker Malik Jackson.

Johnson was the CFL's most valuable defensive player back in 2011 when he recorded eight interceptions, 55 tackles and two defensive touchdowns with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

In seven seasons, the five-foot-nine, 189-pound native of Erie, Penn., has 372 tackles, 23 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns.

The 30-year-old Johnson has also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,276 yards and 314 punts for 2,934 yards and three touchdowns.

A six-foot-two, 225-pound native of Dunwoody, Ga., Jackson joins the Redblacks after five years with the Calgary Stampeders.

The 28-year-old recorded 217 tackles and seven fumble recoveries during his time in Calgary, despite missing most of the 2013 campaign due to injury.

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