One happy Tabbie

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

When Kevin Glenn walked into the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lair this week, the familiar faces that greeted him were numerous.

Khari Jones. Mike Gibson. John Kropke. Greg Marshall. Marcel Bellefeuille. It was a football reunion of sorts for the 29-year-old former Blue Bomber quarterback.

As a result, Glenn has never sounded happier than he did yesterday after signing a year-and-an-option contract with the Tabbies.

"It feels good," Glenn said a few hours after being introduced at a press conference in Hamilton. "It feels like this is the place where I should be. What happened in Winnipeg I think happened for this exact reason, for me to become a Hamilton Tiger-Cat."

Only fit

The Bombers cut Glenn loose last week, nearly two months after new head coach Mike Kelly traded for Stefan LeFors and suggested Glenn needed a change of scenery. With no trade offers on the table, the Bombers let Glenn negotiate with the Ticats while still under contract.

Nothing came of those talks, and the Bombers officially released Glenn on March 9, six days before he was due a $50,000 roster bonus.

Hamilton was basically the one and only fit for Glenn, as every other CFL team appears set at quarterback. The Ticats have a young, unproven starter in Quinton Porter following the release of Casey Printers, and the experienced Glenn, who has 87 CFL starts under his belt, will either snag the starter's role or serve as Porter's mentor.

"Everybody's going to try to make it out to be a quarterback controversy, but it's not," Glenn said. "Quinton is the guy. He's the starter. My thing is I just wanted to get into a situation where I can compete and help the team out. They said that Quinton's the guy, and rightfully so.

"... It's a situation here where I can come in and compete. But I'm not going to tell you I don't want to play, because I want to play."

Glenn, with a career record of 40-41-1, was the East Division's most outstanding player in 2007, but struggled last season, getting benched for three games and tossing a career-high 20 interceptions.

If nothing else, Glenn should feel right at home in Steeltown, and not just because it's a three-hour drive from his hometown of Detroit.

His quarterbacks coach is Jones, whom Glenn replaced as the starter in Winnipeg in September 2004. His offensive co-ordinator is Gibson, who was Winnipeg's OC in 2005 and 2006. His head coach is Bellefeuille, who was his OC in Saskatchewan in 2003. Marshall and Kropke, meanwhile, are both former Bombers defensive assistants.

"It's neat," Glenn said. "It felt funny in a good way, like the place you should be. It felt like I was already a part of the team, just being familiar with all the people who are already there."

Glenn has another reason to smile these days, as his wife, Asha, gave birth to their first child, son Kaleb, on March 12.

Hamilton visits Winnipeg twice this season. The first is the pre-season opener for both teams on June 17, and the other is the regular-season finale for both on Nov. 8.

QB WATCH: Since he can't bring his contracted quarterbacks to a mini-camp in Florida next month, Kelly said he has been forced to look at bringing in CFL-experienced pivots to throw to his rookie receivers.

There were rumblings earlier this week that Casey Printers could be one of those quarterbacks, but his agent, Jason Medlock, who didn't return a message left by the Sun, denied it in a TSN story on Thursday.

Kelly, however, has changed his tune somewhat since last month, when he said he wasn't interested in the 2004 CFL most outstanding player.

While Kelly said the Bombers haven't contacted Printers about next month's mini-camp, the coach noted "everybody and anybody's a possibility."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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