Simpson signs multi-year deal with Stamps

Juwan Simpson poses with a football after finding out he was named the West Division nominee for...

Juwan Simpson poses with a football after finding out he was named the West Division nominee for the CFL's most outstanding defensive player award ,Thursday, November 11, 2010 (Al Charest/QMI AGENCY)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have locked up the man in the middle of their defence.

Free-agent-to-be Juwan Simpson has forgone the lures of hitting the open market and signed a multi-year deal with the Stamps.

Simpson has spent three seasons with the Stamps, but his first two were as a defensive end.

This year, he moved to middle linebacker and thrived. He led the team in defensive tackles and quarterbacks sacks, getting the nod as the team’s and West Division’s most outstanding defensive player.

“After being utilized at different positions in his first two years with our team, Juwan really solidified himself at middle linebacker this past season and his play became the cornerstone of our defence,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “We look forward to seeing him build on a great 2010 season.”

Simpson was just one of many pending free agents for the Stamps on defence, as both cornerbacks Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner as well as defensive tackle Tom Johnson are all due to hit the open market Feb. 15.

With Simpson signing, maybe others are set to get on board as well.

“The Stampeders are a first-class organization from top to bottom,” said Simpson. “I think we have a recipe here to do some great things and I’m just happy to be a part of it. The fans are great here and I’m happy to play in front of them each and every week. Overall, Calgary is a great fit for me and I’m already looking forward to next season.”

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