Stampeders' Simpson won't test market

The Stamps have signed LB Juwan Simpson to a new deal. (QMI Agency)

The Stamps have signed LB Juwan Simpson to a new deal. (QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

Juwan Simpson has a calendar, so he could see the carrot dangling in front of him.

In the households of many players around the CFL, Feb. 15 is circled.

But the Calgary Stampeders’ veteran middle linebacker didn’t see the need to test the free-agent market — which will open for business on that day in a little more than a month — instead officially re-signing with the only CFL franchise he has ever known Friday.

“From Day 1 I’ve always called Calgary my second home,” said Simpson, who first signed with the Stamps back in 2008. “It’s a very stressful situation not knowing where you’re going to play. It’s a good stress, but it’s definitely stressful not knowing what you’re going to do. For us to come to an agreement, I’m ecstatic, I’m happy, and I’m just ready to move forward with the future.”

The new pact for the 29-year-old is a two-year deal with an option year, which will keep the Alabama product in Calgary through the ’16 season.


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