Jenkins re-signs

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

The Stampeders have extended the contract of import running back/returner Ronney Jenkins.

A former NFLer who originally signed with the Stamps a month ago as a free agent, Jenkins signed a two-year deal with an option.

In 2001 he led the NFL with a 26.6-yard average on kickoff returns.

"I did what I did in the NFL and now I just feel more comfortable here than going through all the stresses and the politics the NFL provides," said Jenkins, who played four seasons with San Diego, Oakland and New Orleans, mostly as a kick returner.

"It was a great accomplishment to get there and I led the NFL in returns and all that stuff but as far as being comfortable and just playing football, I feel more comfortable here."

Jenkins, 27, headed into Friday night's game in Vancouver expecting to carry the ball more than in his first three CFL appearances but suffered a deep gash on his right forearm early in the contest that required stitches.

He said yesterday he's confident the 4-13 Stampeders have added enough talent down the stretch to contend for a playoff spot next season.

"I think we've got some good players, we're going to be so much better next year, so that's a positive," said Jenkins, who is sharing the backfield with fellow import Joffrey Reynolds.

"It's good to have players coming (back).

"Joffrey might re-sign a long-term deal too, so I think we've got things looking good for the future."

EXTRA POINTS: Import linebacker George White (shoulder) and import defensive lineman Antwone Young (knee) both sat out yesterday's practice. White is expected to play Friday in Winnipeg while Young is out for the season, although the Stampeders don't think surgery will be needed. Canadian long-snapper Bill Chamberlain broke his hand in Friday's game in Vancouver and won't play.


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