After a week of speculation, defensive tackle Corey Mace has officially signed with the Calgary Stampeders, joining the team for Sunday’s rainy rundown at McMahon Stadium.
“Calgary is a great city, a great team, a great organization,” Mace said. “I’ve only heard good things about Calgary, and, as we can see, they’ve jumped off to a 7-1 start. Excellent. I just felt it was the right fit for me.”
Mace, 24, has been a regular on the CFL transaction wire, although he’s yet to take a snap in the three-down football ranks. He’s been traded three times, with his rights belonging to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts. He was shipped to the Stamps last weekend, with the Red & White sending linebacker Tristan Black to Toronto to complete the deal.
Mace spent the bulk of the past three seasons on the Buffalo Bills practice roster, suiting up for five games, but was unable to find employment for the upcoming NFL season.
“My focus, right now, is to be here,” Mace said after Sunday’s drills. “I felt, personally, that if there was a want for me, it would have happened. I felt wanted here in Calgary. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint anybody.”
Mace watched Friday’s 48-35 win over the B.C. Lions with injured defensive end Charleston Hughes and liked what he saw, saying “you love seeing offences rattled like that.”
Receiver Ryan Thelwell suffered a groin injury in Friday’s victory over the B.C. Lions, and head coach John Hufnagel is “not real optimistic” he’ll be ready for the Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos. If Thelwell is unable to play, rookie Johnny Forzani will likely be added to the active roster ... Hufnagel said receiver Romby Bryant and running back Jon Cornish are “fine.”