Chevrier's revved up

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

As expected, the Stamps yesterday signed Canadian free-agent defensive lineman Randy Chevrier.

The move reunites Chevrier with former Edmonton coach Tom Higgins, recently named Stampeders head coach/director of football operations, while he'll work under defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan.

"I pride myself on my play on the defensive line and I relish the opportunity to play for coach Creehan," said Chevrier, who was drafted fifth overall by the Eskies in 2001 and performs double duty as a long-snapper.

"I've heard some great things about him.

"I want to contribute and I also want to find myself as a player.

"And I think Calgary's the place to do it."

Chevrier didn't play last season after leaving the Eskimos for a tryout with the New York Jets.

Chevrier won a Grey Cup with Edmonton in 2003 after also claiming the West Division crown the previous season.

"I know Calgary has a champion attitude, the fans have a champion attitude and expect a good product on the field and they expect a winner," Chevrier said.

"The last couple of years was probably hard for the fans to experience but the new ownership and management groups in place really want to turn the team around and I want to be a part of the good things that are going to happen."

Chevrier is expected to rotate at nose tackle with Sheldon Napastuk.

Higgins said he's pleased to be working with Chevrier again.

"He is an outstanding long-snapper and will push the current defensive line for playing time," Higgins said.

"He is both a professional on and off the field."


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