CALGARY - The top-rated CFL defence is set to lose two key parts almost a month before free-agency begins.
Both cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive tackle Tom Johnson have offers from NFL teams and will sign in the next few days, leaving the Calgary Stampeders with holes to fill.
Browner, a three-time CFL all-star at cornerback, has tried to secure an NFL tryout since the Stampeders won the 2008 Grey Cup in Montreal.
An ankle injury hampered his chances then, but now he appears set to join the Seattle Seahawks after getting a contract offer from the NFC West champions.
Set to become a free agent Feb. 16, the Stamps were faced with the possibility of losing Browner anyway, but with him off the market for CFL teams, they can turn their attention to fellow cornerback Dwight Anderson.
Johnson is in the midst of choosing between four different teams: The New Orleans Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings and the Seahawks.
In his second season with the Stamps, Johnson won the starting position and became a steady force in run stopping. He also recorded four sacks and had
39 defensive tackles, earning himself West Division all-star honours.
The Stamps started this off-season with nine free agents on the defensive side of the ball, but middle linebacker Juwan Simpson and halfback Brandon Smith signed extensions in December.