Canadians to battle for spot with 'Skins

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

Running back Jesse Lumsden will have familiar company battling it out for a spot with the Washington Redskins.

Kerry Carter, the former Toronto-area star who went on to play for Stanford University, recently signed with the Redskins. The roster is dotted with Canadian-based players or players with Canadian Football League experience.

Carter played on the Seattle Seahawks active roster in 2003 and '04, principally as a kickoff returner and had a few carries. He did make the final roster last year.

Lumsden attended the Seahawks' training camp as a free agent out of McMaster University, but was cut and joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who drafted him a few months before that. Lumsden starred for the Tiger-Cats as a feature running back and special-teams player, which earned him a second look in the NFL. He received a two-year deal, but the Redskins did not offer him a signing bonus. He received a minor signing bonus from Seattle the year before.

Carter, who also didn't receive a bonus with the 'Skins, is two years older than Lumsden, but similar in size. Carter is 6-foot-1, 238 pounds, while Lumsden is 6-foot-2, 224 pounds.

The Redskins also signed Hamilton offensive tackle Jonta Woodard and Argos defensive lineman Karon Riley, who saw limited duty last year. Lumsden, Woodard and Riley still are under contract to their CFL teams and must return to them if they fail to stick in the NFL this year.

BARRETT WATCHES WORDS

Saskatchewan head coach/assistant general manager Danny Barrett won't comment on any trade talks the Roughriders are engaged in with other teams, in particular the Argos. Toronto GM Adam Rita told the Toronto Sun last week he has talked to Saskatchewan about three players. He didn't name them, but quarterback Nealon Greene is one of them.

"If something is happening, you're really not going to get anything out of me until after the deal is done," Barrett said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

When the CFL free-agency period begins in nine days, sources say Hamilton will go all out to sign running back Josh Ranek and centre George Hudson of Ottawa; B.C. middle linebacker Barrin Simpson and Edmonton receiver Jason Tucker. Collectively the four could cost at least $600,000 -- assuming the Tiger-Cats land them all ... Former University of Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch will work out for the Argos tomorrow ... Montreal has signed receiver/returner Demetris Bendross.


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