Stamps acquire Khari Jones

, Last Updated: 6:15 AM ET

CALGARY (CP) -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have traded quarterback Khari Jones, fullback Randy Bowles and a draft pick in the 2006 college draft to the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for defensive lineman Joe Fleming, fullback Scott Regimbald and safety Wes Lysack.

The Stampeders made the announcement Sunday in a news release.

The addition of Jones, who was the CFL's outstanding player in 2001, will provide credibility to a Calgary offence that has floundered all season, winning just three of 14 games. In 2001, Jones led the Bombers to the Grey Cup game before losing to the Stampeders.

He also led the CFL in passing TDs, yardage and completions in 2001 and '02.

There are drawbacks to acquiring Jones.

He's 33 and earns more than $300,000 after signing a three-year contract extension earlier this season. He has also struggled this year with a nagging shoulder injury and has just started throwing the ball in the last couple of weeks.

A Fleming deal had been simmering for the past two weeks, with B.C. Lions GM Wally Buono also showing interest. But Buono offered only draft picks in return for last season's defensive player of the year, so the Stamps backed away.

Fleming becomes a free agent Feb. 15 and was unlikely to re-sign in Calgary.

Not re-signing Fleming, who earns in the neighbourhood of $170,000 a season, frees up salary-cap cash.

(Calgary Sun)


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