Renegades bring back Carter

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

TORONTO -- When Donnovan Carter tried to renegotiate a deal with the Renegades two off-seasons ago, then-GM Eric Tillman viewed his contract demands as outlandish.

"What, did you want me to throw in Pamela Anderson, too?" Tillman asked him sarcastically.

Carter did get a sweet free-agent deal in Hamilton, but today he's back with the Renegades because the price was right.

Ottawa has completed a trade for the hard-hitting Canadian linebacker/safety, sending a fourth-round pick to the Ticats in return.

Renegades VP of football operations Forrest Gregg last night confirmed the Ticats had offered him Carter earlier in the month, but at that time "their proposal was more costly."

Carter, 30, can again test the free-agent waters Feb. 15, unless Ottawa re-signs him first.

He's expected to join the Renegades as they prepare for their next game, Oct. 7, the first of a home-and-away series with the Ticats.

"We don't want to get caught paying a lot (in a trade) for a guy who could play out his option and leave," said Gregg. "I don't feel we did.

"We're trying to break out of this slump. If we can find find a player or two who can give us a lift, that's what we're looking for.

"We did a lot of research on him, and the coaches know him, too. Where he can help us is that he can start at linebacker and play one of the secondary positions, too.

"I think he likes Ottawa," Gregg added. "I don't think it's 100% that we can re-sign him, but I think we've got a chance."

An original member of the Renegades and their starting safety the first two seasons, Carter became an immediate fan favourite with his bone-rattling hits. In 2002, he was second on the team in defensive tackles with 69 and the following season he was third in the same category with 62.

Upon signing in Hamilton, he was converted into a linebacker. He was tied for second in tackles last season with 59, and has 21 tackles and an interception so far in 2005.

Carter, a six-year veteran from Toronto, is also considered a strong special teams player.


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