Borhot happy to be in Calgary

 Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

For about a half-hour Saturday, Saleem Borhot wasn’t sure what he would do this summer, and he wasn’t too happy about it.

The CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos released the Calgarian after saying he failed his physical.

About 30 minutes later, the Calgary Stampeders had him agreed to a contract.

Borhot, who was a second-round draft pick last year and the starting safety for six games before suffering a high-ankle sprain, isn’t too happy the Eskimos deemed him physically unable to compete.

The Eskimos put him through a battery of testing, including running a 300-yard shuttle and a vertical test. He is confident that he’s 100%, so the failing hurts.

“I felt insulted by it,” Borhot said. “That’s like telling every other team that I’m injured when I’m not injured.

“It was important for me to prove that I wasn’t injured. I came here and got the physical and showed that I’m not injured, and I can get on the football field.

“I felt I didn’t get a chance to prove myself up there. It was a new staff, and I had prove myself all over again. I was fine with that, but I was released before I got on the field.

“All that stuff is unfortunate, but I’m happy to be here at home.”

The Henry Wise Wood product joins a defensive backfield stocked with Canadians, but where he fits in right away isn’t a concern of his yet.

The Stamps were interested in him before last year’s draft and are happy to have him now. Plus it’s better to have a chance than not have one.

“I thought I was coming home to sit on the couch,” Borhot said. “Now that I’m playing for my hometown team, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Meanwhile, the Eskimos are pleased Borhot has found a spot with their Alberta rivals.

“I think it’s good for Saleem, and I think it’s good for Calgary,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “They get a Canadian defensive back in an area where they had need. Athletically, I think Saleem has an opportunity.”

The free safety became expendable after the Eskimos released fellow non-import Elliott Richardson, choosing to go with an import player at the position.

“We made the decision not to have Saleem there,” Reed said. “I’m not going to wish him any ill-will. It think Calgary made a good choice in selecting the young man. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and have a successful career.”

Extra points

Veteran LB Marc Calixte, the longest-serving Canadian on the Stamps roster, will miss the first four days of camp at least tending to a family issue. He’s expected to take his physical Thursday and be in practice shortly after … Canadian OL Zac Carlson has passport issues and hasn’t arrived yet … DL Lindsey Witten has left the team … Rookie WR Tyrre Banks went down with a hamstring injury in the opening practice, but with the way he hobbled off, it seemed much worse … RG Dimitri Tsoumpas tweaked a hamstring and could miss a couple of days … LB Justin Cooper took a job in Fort McMurray and has decided to retire from football.

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