Stampeders sign free-agent DB Josh Bell

Joshua Bell (left) will spend his time tracking down opposition instead of the Stampeders in the...

Joshua Bell (left) will spend his time tracking down opposition instead of the Stampeders in the future after the Red and White signed him on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency/Files)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

CALGARY - If improving the depth in the secondary and adding special-teams experience were the goals, the Calgary Stampeders succeeded in one fell swoop.

GM/head coach John Hufnagel’s first foray into CFL free agency Wednesday landed former B.C. Lions defensive back Josh Bell, a versatile contributor to new Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler’s old stop-unit on the Left Coast the past two seasons.

Stubler, who was let go by the Lions following the season and is now in the same role in Calgary after former defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell was hired as head coach by the Ottawa RedBlacks, was a big draw for 29-year-old Bell.

“I like to have a certain level of comfort and familiarity, and coach Stubler really gives me that comfort level as a defensive co-ordinator,” Bell said Wednesday afternoon from his home in Dallas, Texas, not long after signing on the dotted line with the Stampeders.


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