CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks talking contract with former University of Saint Francis receiver Seth Coate

Saint Francis receiver Seth Coate, right, catching a touchdown pass against Robert Morris during the 2016 season. (News-Sentinel.com file photo by Reggie Hayes)

Former University of Saint Francis wide receiver Seth Coate is in negotiations with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League, the first step towards reaching his pro dreams.

Coate went through a workout with the Redblacks last weekend in Indianapolis and the team contacted his agent Monday to discuss a contract. If Coate signs with the Redblacks, he would report to camp May 14 in Ottawa, Ontario. Coate and his agent are also gauging to see if there is NFL interest after the draft next weekend.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have an opportunity to get paid to play football,” Coate said. “Up until now, I’ve always had school and work and football. To focus on one thing, playing football, for a living is a dream come true.”

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Coate graduated from Saint Francis in 2017 after setting several receiving records, including most touchdowns in a season. He was named the most outstanding offensive player as Saint Francis won the NAIA national title over Baker, catching nine passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He is also an alum of Homestead High School.

After his senior season at Saint Francis, he was invited to the Arizona Cardinals rookie camp but was released. He continued to stay in football shape and was able to participate in the Pro Day at Ball State University on April 4.

His performance there, combined with his workout for Ottawa in Indianapolis, has helped to raise his stock again.

“Ottawa knew me coming in but wanted to see me in person,” Coate said. “I was able to perform really well.”

Coate said he has been studying the CFL for the style of play and the different rules connected with the league.

“It’s been pretty surreal,” he said.


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