Stamps spot not on NFL dreamer's radar

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

You can cross Brian Bulcke off the list of possible replacements for injured defensive tackle Corey Mace.

At least for now.

Bulcke, who was acquired by the Stamps in a draft-day trade with Edmonton Eskimos, appeared on Toronto’s Fan 590 radio station Saturday and confirmed he’s still hoping for a training camp invite south of the border.

“The opportunity (with the Stamps) definitely flashes across my mind many times a day, but I know that I have a unique opportunity here for the NFL,” Bulcke said. “There’s a lot of things that go to show that when a player comes out of college, he’s got a very small window to make it into the NFL, so that’s what I’m trying to exploit right now.”

With Mace tearing his right Achilles tendon during Friday’s 23-21 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, the Stamps could certainly use the 6-foot-4, 285-lb. Stanford graduate to bolster their defensive front four.

Bulcke, 24, worked out with San Francisco 49ers before the NFL Draft in late April but didn’t hear his name called. NFL teams can’t sign free agents during the ongoing labour dispute, so the Windsor, Ont., product remains in limbo.

“I know that if the lockout keeps pressing, they’re not going to be taking college rookie free agents and they’re going to stay in the NFL veteran pool, so at that point, it’s a no-brainer for me to come up and come home to Canada,” Bulcke said. “But until then, I need to exhaust this option.”


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