'Good home feeling' sells d-lineman

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

For Kenny King, the Calgary Stampeders came highly recommended.

The defending Grey Cup champions announced yesterday they've inked King, a former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman whose NFL career was derailed by injuries, to a CFL contract.

Before he signed on, King consulted former college teammates and current Stamps defenders Rasheed Saleem and Juwan Simpson, who told him Calgary "has that good home feeling like Alabama."

"I'm coming to a team that's already the champions, so I just want to come in and contribute," said King, a four-year starter with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 295-lb. defensive tackle was the Cardinals' fifth-round pick in 2003 and racked up 17 tackles and two sacks as a rookie. His sophomore season was marred by a right wrist injury, and he missed the bulk of the next two seasons before agreeing to an injury settlement.

King signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, but didn't suit up. He missed last season while rehabbing a dislocated ankle, although he was tuned in to the action as close pal Karlos Dansby and the Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl.

The 27-year-old, who organizes a minor football program in Chandler, Ariz., said he is back to full health and wasn't ready to quit.

The Stamps also announced yesterday the signing of fellow import defensive linemen Tom Johnson and Montey Stevenson.

Johnson, 24, is a University of Southern Mississippi product who attended training camp with the Indianapolis Colts twice, while Stevenson, 23, is a former University of North Texas standout who attended New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp last year before joining the Arena League's New Orleans VooDoo.


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