Tackle tells Stamps OK

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders defence is about to add a Chevy to provide more power.

Stamps vice-president of football operations/head coach Tom Higgins confirmed non-import defensive tackle Randy Chevrier has verbally agreed to an agreement with the CFL club.

An official announcement is expected to come next week after the 6-ft. 2-in., 291-lb. McGill product signs a contract.

"I know he has it in his hands," Higgins said yesterday.

Chevrier, drafted by Edmonton fifth overall in 2001, didn't play at all last season after leaving the Eskimos for a tryout with the NFL's New York Jets. After being cut by the Jets, he remained a free-agent hoping his long-snapping abilities would net him an NFL gig.

It appears Chevrier, who was drafted by Jacksonville, is ready to put down some roots and stick with a city for a while.

"It'll be a very good opportunity for him to try and find himself a place to live," Higgins said. "He's looking at it long-term and so are we. In professional football you take it one year at a time because you never know but it's good for Randy and it's good for the Calgary Stampeders."

Chevrier, who'll turn 29 in June, spent a pair of seasons in Edmonton, and helped the team, coached by Higgins, win the 2003 Grey Cup.

Chevrier left the Eskimos a free agent.

Although the Montrealer is known more for his long-snapping skills, he'll also be counted on to shore up an already good defence.

"He comes and gives us some great depth," said Higgins. "He's going to compete with Sheldon Napastuk and push him but he'll help us immensely on our special teams."

Contracts from last year's CFL season expire Feb. 15, and the Stamps will likely be active in that market to find some talent on offence.

However, the team has taken a bold step before any other club could get their hands on Chevrier.


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