Stamps sign MacDonald

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

The sting of not being drafted was short-lived for Tim MacDonald.

The Cochrane product fully expected to be claimed by one of the nine CFL squads in last month's Canadian college draft but didn't hear his name.

However, that disappointment washed away when the 24-year-old from St. Mary's University inked a free-agent contract -- two years plus an option -- with the Calgary Stampeders yesterday.

"I thought I'd go high but it's one of those things. I guess people fall through the cracks every year," he said. "As soon as the draft ended, almost every team got in contact with my agent. So many said, 'I can't believe Tim didn't get picked,' and my agent said, 'Why didn't you pick him?' "

MacDonald won one national title with the Huskies and was twice named to the Atlantic Conference all-star team. He is good friends with receiver Brendan Mahoney, who was originally drafted by Toronto but signed with the Stamps as a free agent.

Calgary also announced the signing of defensive back Rashard Anderson, a former first-round draft choice of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Anderson, drafted 23rd overall by the Panthers in 2000, was suspended for one year in May 2002 for failing multiple drug tests, reportedly three in five months.

Still, Stampeders VP of football operations/head coach Tom Higgins said the team is willing to give another chance to the 6-ft. 2-in., 205-lb. speedster who could be placed at cornerback or half back.

"I'm not going to cast stones and I'm not one to believe in passing judgement. If the Canadian government is good with allowing him admittance into Canada, then we should give him a fresh start and he'll be treated like everybody else," Higgins said before admitting it'll be a one-strike-and-your-out situation.

In other news, the Stamps have called a press conference today where they'll announce a new marketing agreement with Pepsi involving young fans.

UNDER FURTHER REVIEW: The CFL will test video reviews of disputed calls at a pre-season game next month with an eye towards adopting a full-time replay system for 2006, officials said yesterday.

Replays from TV cameras will be used at a June 11 pre-season game in Halifax between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said Shawn Coates, the league's director of football operations.

"We will evaluate it in detail with the hope of implementing it in 2006," he said.

FIELD GOALS: Former Stamps coach Wally Buono has been signed to a three-year contract extension by the B.C. Lions, according to The Score ... The Ottawa Renegades board will reportedly vote on a plan this week to sell a 51% interest in the team to father and son duo Bernie and Lonie Glieberman ... Also, the 'Gades signed DE Dimitrius Underwood, a former NFL first-round pick with a history of emotional problems triggered by bipolar disorder and subsequent criminal offences.


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