O-line blow ó Stamps' Newman retires

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders offensive line and Canadian depth has taken another blow.

Left guard Jesse Newman, a projected starter for a third CFL season, has decided to hang them up two days before training camp was set to begin.

Newman informed several teammates by text message Friday saying he was through with football after making it official with the team.

The 27-year-old from Powell River, B.C., was a first-round draft pick in 2008 and he became a starter immediately with a revamped offensive line that included second-overall pick that year Dimitri Tsoumpas.

Now both top picks are gone, and both rookies were a big part of the Stamps winning the Grey Cup in 2008.

The off-season was a tough one for the Stamps in terms of losses along the line.

Tsoumpas, who started every game at right guard over the past two seasons, signed with the Miami Dolphins in an NFL option-year deal.

Right tackle Jeff Pilon retired after 10 seasons, and newly signed free-agent John Comiskey couldnít get his knee healthy enough to play.

The Stamps signed veteran guards Matt Sheridan and Dan Comiskey after the losses of John Comiskey and Pilon, but they didnít project to cover the Newmanís spot as well.

Also this off-season, the Stamps have lost Canadian receivers Markus Howell and Brett Ralph to retirement, while fullback Teyo Johnson remains unsigned.


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