Coming home?

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

The B.C. Lions are trying to trade offensive lineman David Heasman and, if dealt, the former Stampeder would love to come back to his hometown of Calgary.

Heasman landed as a free agent with B.C. last spring when 2004 Stamps GM Matt Dunigan chose not to re-sign the local product.

Heasman now has several reasons to return to the Stamps, a team already deep along the o-line. Not only is the team enjoying a renaissance under new ownership, Heasman has a home in Calgary, a full-time job with Enmax while he and wife Marcy have an eight-week old daughter.

"I think they're looking to trade me because some teams have contacted me but unfortunately not the Stampeders," said Heasman, 30, who commuted to Vancouver to play last season.

"My agent had approached them a while ago."

The 6-ft. 5-in., 335-lb. guard missed six games last season with sprained knee ligaments while starting eight games and also seeing action in the Grey Cup game.

"I'd fit in nicely in Calgary, a veteran Canadian with experience who's played lots of games, been in a couple of Grey Cups," Heasman points out.

"It's not like I don't have anything to offer."

Heasman was drafted in the fourth round in 1997 by the Eskimos when new Stamps head coach Tom Higgins was running the show in Edmonton.

He signed as a free agent with Calgary in 2000, playing four seasons with the Stampeders.

Heasman also played for current Stampeders GM Jim Barker in 2003 but was hampered with an injured shoulder.

Heasman toiled last year in Vancouver under new Stamps offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto.

The Stamps have also acquired quarterback Jason Gesser from the Lions for a first-round draft pick in 2006.

Gesser was with the NFL's Tennessee Titans in 2003. He attended Washington State University, leading the Cougars to a Rose Bowl appearance against Oklahoma in his senior season. He finished his college career with the most victories for a quarterback in school history.


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