Labinjo finally a Stamp

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

After chasing Mike Labinjo for more than four years, the Calgary Stampeders finally got their man.

Three years after his Philadelphia Eagles lost the Super Bowl, the 27-year-old Canadian will make his CFL debut Saturday against the Toronto Argonauts.

"He can help us a lot -- he's been a linebacker, a defensive end and he's got some thickness to him," said Stamps head coach Tom Higgins. "He's a good-looking athlete."

The former Michigan State stud had been hoping for another NFL shot after being released by Miami, where he played seven games over the last two years.

"I'm excited to see him play -- he's a big dude," smiled linebacker Brian Clark of the 6-ft., 241-lb. pickup. "He's a good addition -- a ratio-breaker, so we can do a lot more now because of all the quality Canadians we have."

Labinjo's role in Saturday's game, beyond special teams, has yet to be decided.

"I'm going to cram in as much of this defence as I can and be ready to go," said the Stamps' third-round selection in 2003. "I haven't played 12-man football since high school, but the speed and the coaching style help me a lot."

The Stamps also added defensive backs Dwaine Carpenter and former Alouette Lamont Brightful.


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