Grey Cup champion Jones Rides west to Calgary

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

Upon arriving in Saskatoon yesterday, Jermese Jones had to break the news to about a dozen teammates he is now a former Saskatchewan Roughrider.

The import offensive lineman signed a deal with the Calgary Stampeders before heading north for three public appearances in 'Toon Town.

Although he joined the Riders' chief rivals in Calgary, the 29-year-old is still basking in the glow of Saskatchewan's third Grey Cup win.

"No matter what happens, even though I signed with the Stampeders today, I will always be part of the 2007 Grey Cup champions from Saskatchewan," Jones said from the highway, where he was following former teammates Marcus Adams and Anton McKenzie.

"If I'm with Calgary the rest of my career, I will always be part of this team from 2007. I'm willing to help out anything with the Grey Cup champion team."

The Stamps added Jones to fill a hole at left tackle, a void created by Garrick Jones' decision to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Jermese Jones started at right tackle for the Riders, but played on the left side during his college career at Virginia. The Stamps also have import tackle Dave Costa under contract.

Now in his seventh season in the CFL and on his fourth team (B.C. and Winnipeg are the others), the 6-ft.-6, 335-lb. Jones hopes this move will give him a chance to blossom.

"It's been a long time coming for me," Jones said. "I hope to get the opportunity to keep showing my ability and get to an all-star level."

Jones will get plenty of chances to face his pals in Saskatchewan, because the Stamps play the Riders four times this season.

The Riders didn't offer Jones a contract because they traded with the Toronto Argonauts for former Stampeders No. 1 draft pick Steve Morley this week and will give him a shot at playing right tackle.


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