Chevy pulls into old Stamps stall

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Chevy has rolled back into Calgary.

With no serious NFL offers coming in during a six-week workout stint in San Diego, long-snapper and defensive lineman Randy Chevrier instead re-signed with the Calgary Stampeders yesterday.

This will be Chevrier's fourth season with the Stamps and sixth in the CFL, but due to the regiment he had in California, he's more prepared for this upcoming campaign than any other.

"Last year at this time, I was in the best shape of my life, and now I'm 10 times in better shape," said Chevrier, who was working with Jorge Cordova of the Tennessee Titans.

"It was needed. I left my wife and 16-month-old. My son, I guess he was supportive, but my wife was very supportive. I couldn't have done it without the support of my family.

"I wish every guy had a chance to do what I did. When you see Junior Seau and John Lynch, who are playing into their late 30s, now I know what you have to do to train into your late 30s."

Chevrier, who will turn 32 when the season starts, returns to a much different Stampeders lineup than when he left. Both veteran linebackers Brian Clark and Scott Coe have been released, while linebacker JoJuan Armour, safety Richard Karikari and cornerback Dwight Anderson have been signed as free agents.

He doesn't know where he fits in on defence with new co-ordinator Chris Jones, but Chevrier should get the nod as the long-snapper and special teams ace.

"Some people fear change and some get excited by it," Chevrier said. "I get excited by it."

When Chevrier asked for his release in early February, several CFL teams inquired about his availability.

He gave the Stamps his word they had the first right of refusal and stuck to it.

He did get workouts with Seattle, Philadelphia and Baltimore and had some dialogue with Green Bay, but nothing materialized. He thought he had a job with the Arizona Cardinals, but they resigned their veteran long-snapper.

But he doesn't have any regrets about gauging NFL interest or returning to the place the Montreal native now calls home.

"I was out there long enough and active enough if somebody wanted me, they knew about me," said Chevrier, who was paying about $120 a day for training.

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