Fortin fuel on fire

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

The battle for the Calgary Stampeders safety spot just got a lot more heated.

The club has signed Canadian Stephane Fortin and the ex-Montreal Alouette will arrive in Calgary today to join the team.

The Laval native was cut earlier this week by the Als in a surprise training-camp move. Fortin has signed a two-plus-an-option deal with Calgary, RDS reported on its website last night.

Fortin gives the Stamps plenty of options in the secondary as a ratio breaker but adds to the 14 defensive backs at the club's camp.

The 30-year-old was released just days into training camp. He got the impression when he arrived Montreal didn't want him. The Alouettes were leaning towards Barron Miles at safety and Fortin was taking reps as a linebacker. The most he would see the field would be on special teams.

"My natural position is free safety but they wouldn't give me a shot there," Fortin told the Montreal Gazette.

In six CFL seasons with Montreal and Saskatchewan, Fortin has played 100 games He recorded one interception last season in 15 games. He saved one of his best games for the 2002 Grey Cup, where he made three tackles in the Als victory over the Eskimos.

Fortin works as a financial advisor in the off-season and is married with three daughters.


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