Baggs brought in to help Stamps
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Stevie Baggs is no longer with the Ticats. He's with the Stamps once he signs a contract. (Reuters)
The Calgary Stampeders are bringing in veteran help for their ailing defensive line.
Steve Baggs is on his way to Calgary after agreeing to terms with the Stamps. His signing should be made official by the team once he arrives and signs a contract.
During a 17-10 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Stamps lost defensive end Chris McCoy to a season-ending injury.
Although sophomore defensive end Kevin Dixon (torn ACL) was eligible to come off the nine-game injured list for Friday’s meeting with the Edmonton Eskimos, he went back on the reserve list, officially ending his season.
The Stamps will be Baggs’ fifth CFL team.
He was most recently a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, with whom he had 10 sacks in 25 games after signing as a free agent last season upon his release from the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
Baggs was released this off-season by the Ticats and signed with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. The 30-year-old was placed on the injured reserve by the Ravens following training camp but instead arranged a settlement to become a free agent.
During the spring, Baggs was lobbying the Stamps to sign him and promised that when he did return to the CFL, it would be for good.
“Calgary is one of my favourite places to play,” Baggs said during the Henry Burris All-Star Weekend. “I’ve always loved playing against the Stamps. I wouldn’t mind being part of the organization, for sure.
“I’m hoping to catch on down south, but if something came up, I would be willing to explore things with the Stamps. I don’t want the Stamps to think I’m looking to break the bank. I’m willing to earn my keep in terms of finances. I just want it to be fair.”
Baggs’ best season in the CFL was 2009 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, when he had 12 sacks, four forced fumbles, 55 defensive tackles and an interception.
He started his CFL career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in ’06 but had a seven-game stop with the Eskimos in ’07 before rising to prominence with the Riders.
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