Maxie effect

Demetrious Maxie has come home to Calgary, inking a long-term deal with the Stampeders after bring...

Demetrious Maxie has come home to Calgary, inking a long-term deal with the Stampeders after bring released by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago. (Calgary Sun file photo)

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

The Stamps have plenty of holes to fill -- on offence. But it was the defence, which has established itself as one of the best units in the league, that received an upgrade yesterday.

Defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan wasn't looking to make any changes but was more than willing to find a spot for Demitrious Maxie, who re-signed a long-term deal with the club yesterday.

"We have a really nice front seven as it is and he makes us even better," Creehan said.

"He's got CFL experience, so that's big. Secondly, he's got a ton of talent. He's a real force inside and brings a lot of things to our table.

"We've got to let him get schooled up on the position, let him learn the terminology and our system. As soon as he does that, you'll see him out there wreaking havoc."

Maxie, who insisted on signing a long-term deal prior to returning to Calgary, will likely see action against the visiting Ottawa Renegades Friday night.

"I just wanted to be loved a little bit," the 30-year-old defensive lineman said of the contract negotiations.

"I don't like to bounce around. I'm a Stampeder now and I'll retire a Stampeder."

The 6-ft. 3-in., 269-pounder was released by the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago.

"The response I was getting (from the 49ers coaching staff) was that I was going to make the team," Maxie said. "But their plans changed and they ended up getting rid of me and the entire second team on the d-line."

Maxie, who played all 18 games last season with the Stamps, said he likes the Red and White's new defence.

"The 3-4 they're running here is a pressure 3-4," he said. "They tell the d-line to get after (the quarterback). That's what I like. Sitting back and watching them go, they look real good out there. I want to get out there and help them win some games by creating some turnovers to take some pressure off the offence."

Maxie's arrival gives the Stamps two high-priced, veteran defensive linemen. And with so many holes to fill on the other side of the ball, some might wonder if Joe Fleming's days in a Stamps jersey are numbered.

"We're not doing much offensively so I figured we'd just try to keep them from scoring on us," Dunigan joked when asked about having Maxie back.

"He's got a great motor and has shown that for many years in the CFL. We've been trying to get him back in a Stamps uniform since we got here."

Dunigan refused to discuss whether he was working on a deal that would involve Fleming but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who have Khari Jones sitting on the bench, could be a possible trading partner.

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RUNNING MAN: The Stamps have reportedly acquired the rights to neg-list running back Ronney Jenkins from the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for a second-round draft pick. Jenkins has played for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, almost exclusively as a kick returner.


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