Claybrooks back with Stamps

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

CALGARY - The South Beach Trio will ride again.

The Calgary Stampeders have brought back defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks, reuniting him with radio pals Nik Lewis and Joffrey Reynolds.

Last season, the three Stamps players did a few shows on local radio as the SBT. It was an hour of freestyle, anything goes banter straight out of the locker-room.

After the Stamps finished 2010, it looked as though Claybrooks might be on the outs with the Stamps.

Head coach John Hufnagel has said one defensive tackle spot would be for a Canadian, and the Stamps have Corey Mace and Miguel Robede to rotate at the position.

But when Tom Johnson signed in the NFL, the Stamps certainly needed a veteran import defensive tackle, and Claybrooks fits the bill.

“DeVone has great leadership skills and is highly regarded on our defence and in our locker-room,” said Hufnagel. “He played at a high level last season, was recognized as a division all-star and we’re excited to have him back in the mix for this season.”

Ratio issues caused Claybrooks to be a healthy scratch for three games but he did record four QB sacks and 27 tackles in 15 outings. He did suit up for the West final against Saskatchewan.

“I’m excited to get this done and looking forward to playing for the Stamps next season,” said Claybrooks. “It’s a great organization to play for in Calgary. We have a good group of guys, an excellent coaching staff and it’s a wonderful city to play in with awesome fans that come to cheer us on, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Although there is a report out there that the Stamps have signed receiver Romby Bryant, nothing is official yet. The team has left tackle Ben Archibald, cornerback Dwight Anderson and long-snapper Randy Chevrier set to hit the free-agent market Feb. 16.

Safety Wes Lysack and defensive lineman Tearrius George are also free, but neither is expected back with Calgary.


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