The Renegades have done some more shopping, this time loading up on some items they already had a few of at home in the cupboard.
Yesterday, they announced the addition of another 'tweener in CFL veteran Chris Shelling, a 5-foot-10, 205 pounder who has been a league all-star at both the linebacker (2001) and defensive back (2000) positions. The 32-year-old Georgian spent six seasons in Hamilton before he was cut when the Ticats signed a non-import -- former Renegade Donnavan Carter -- as a free agent last winter. Like Carter, Shelling is known for delivering the big hits that lift fans out of their seats.
An interesting note: In 1997 Shelling and Renegades QB Kerry Joseph were the two safeties for the World League of American Football-champion Rhein Fire.
Shelling, a first-team all-American at Auburn, spent the first two pro seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Chris has experience as a linebacker and a defensive back, which provides versatility," said Renegades GM and coach Joe Paopao, who can say the same of Kyries Hebert, Syniker Taylor and Gerald Vaughn. "Not only can he run, but he can really make you feel his hits, too."
The Renegades have also announced the signing of import running back Eduardo Borrego, who, at 21, becomes the youngest member of their team. Borrego is a 5-foot-8, 185-pounder out of Occidental College, the same Division III school attended by Renegades QB Tyler Paopao.
He'll be in tough to make a team that already boasts Josh Ranek and recently added five-year NFL veterans Ka Ron Coleman and Herbert Goodman at his position.