Abdul Kanneh
No. 14     Ottawa Redblacks
Kanneh with the Redblacks in 2022
Born: (1990-09-03) September 3, 1990 (age 33)
London, England
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive back
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CollegeNew Mexico Highlands
Career history
As player
2013Cleveland Browns*
2014Orlando Predators
20142016Ottawa Redblacks
2017Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20182019Toronto Argonauts
2020–presentOttawa Redblacks
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2015
CFL East All-Star2015, 2016
Career stats

Abdul Kanneh (born September 3, 1990) is an English professional Canadian football defensive back for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at New Mexico Highlands University.

Professional career

Cleveland Browns

Kanneh was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.[1] He was later cut by the Browns during the 2013 training camp.

Ottawa Redblacks (first stint)

In 2014, Kanneh signed a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL and played three years for the team, winning his first Grey Cup championship in 2016.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Kanneh to their roster in 2017, but his injury-plagued campaign led to him only dressing in seven games that year.

Toronto Argonauts

On the day of 2018 training camp cuts, on June 10, 2018, Kanneh was traded to the Toronto Argonauts for an eighth-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft.[3] He played in 24 games for the Argonauts over two years, recording 95 defensive tackles, one sack, and one interception. He became a free agent in 2020.

Ottawa Redblacks (second stint)

Upon entering free agency, Kanneh signed with his original CFL team, the Redblacks, on February 11, 2020 to a one-year contract.[4] He re-signed with Ottawa on January 25, 2021.[5] Kanneh played in eight games for the Redblacks in 2021, contributing with 28 defensive tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown. Kanneh and Ottawa agreed to a contract extension on February 1, 2022.[6]


  1. ^ "Cowboy Abdul Kanneh Signs NFL Contract with Cleveland".
  2. ^ "Redblacks add import defensive back Abdul Kanneh". Ottawa Redblacks. April 29, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Argos acquire former all-star DB Kanneh in trade with Ticats". Canadian Football League. June 10, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Abdul Kanneh returns to Redblacks". Ottawa Redblacks. February 11, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Redblacks bring back veteran DBs Kanneh and Tindal". OttawaRedblacks.com. January 25, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Redblacks sign DBs Kanneh, Evans to extensions - TSN.ca". TSN. The Canadian Press. 2022-02-01. Retrieved 2022-02-01.