Whitley regarded

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The B.C. Lions took a step towards shoring up its porous secondary, acquiring import cornerback James Whitley from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a 2006 draft pick.

The 26-year-old played with Green Bay, St. Louis and Carolina in the NFL but had fallen out of favour with Alouettes coach Don Matthews.

Montreal picked up Ricky Bell from Winnipeg two weeks ago and was benching Whitley.

B.C. has allowed nine passing touchdowns in the past two games, so Whitley will be expected to add some experience and depth in the backfield. B.C. also signed import offensive lineman Zach Wilson.

The Lions, who have lost four straight, announced yesterday they have put playoff tickets up for sale, despite losing their tight grip on hosting the West final.

BARKER INKS DEAL: Having already finished its trade-deadline movement, the Calgary Stampeders awarded its general manager of player personnel.

Jim Barker was given a two-year contract extension yesterday as the Stamps will let the CFL trade deadline pass without making another move.

Barker, who rejoined the club this past January when new ownership took over, recently re-acquired safety Wes Lysack in the only deal the Stamps have made this season.

But since coming back to the Stamps after being fired under previous ownership, Barker has plucked gems such as kicker Sandro DeAngelis, safety Trey Young and returner Terrence Wilkins as free agents.

"We are extremely excited to extend Jim Barker's contract," said president Ted Hellard. "His dedication and commitment to the organization are second to none.

"Since joining the organization, he has been able to increase competition at every position on the football field and provide great depth in each area."

As for today's deadline, head coach Tom Higgins said the club has finished making deals.

"It's all quiet on the Stampeder front," Higgins said.

WHITE TOPS AGAIN: Stamps linebacker George White is the CFL's defensive player of the week after making 12 tackles and making a 53-yard interception touchdown against Hamilton.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo is the offensive player of the week, while Blue Bombers rookie Gavin Walls is the top lineman and Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming top special teams player.


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