New DB happy to be Blue

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The latest addition to the Winnipeg secondary is completely confident in his abilities.

"Anywhere I go, I'm the type of player who covers guys," import defensive back Anthony Malbrough said from Calgary yesterday. "You won't see me on the highlight reels getting burnt for big plays."

And that is the main reason that the Blue Bombers acquired Malbrough from Calgary, sending non-import safety Wes Lysack to the Stampeders on Sunday.

It was also the reason the Stamps signed Malbrough almost as soon as he became a free agent for a reported $110,000. But Calgary soured on him, going to younger, cheaper talent.

"I'm happy with the trade, especially when you're going to a place where you're wanted," said Malbrough, 28. "I'd rather be with an organization that wants you instead of being with a team that's using guys who are cheaper. They've been OK for now but let's see how they do over the long haul."

The Stamps were actually forced to try different players at inside half because Malbrough missed the last five games with a hamstring pull.

And Malbrough is leaving a team still in the CFL playoff hunt for one that is virtually out of contention.

"It is a bit of a downer," he conceded. "I've never been in the playoffs since I've been in Canada (four years). But I know we'll come back next year because there's a good group of guys there, they just have to fill a few holes on defence. The offence has the potency to be the greatest offence in the CFL.

'We'll be fine'

"I'm excited to be going to Winnipeg. The team looks good to me. There's just some things to shore up and we'll be fine."

However, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Texas Tech product passed on a chance to come to Winnipeg last winter, opting to re-join the Stamps.

"At the time, it was just about money," admitted Malbrough, once drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns. "When your stock is high and you have a chance to make some money, go after it. And we were buying a house in Houston at the time."

Bomber GM Brendan Taman said there was barely enough time to get into a bidding war with Calgary.

"Free agency started at midnight the 15th (of February) and he was signed by noon the next day," he said. "They (Stamps) were all over him quick and obviously gave him a good deal, too."

Although Malbrough is heading into his option year, both sides want him to stick around long term.

"I'm ready to be around there for a while," said Malbrough, whom Calgary dealt to Ottawa as part of a nine-player trade in 2004.

Because he has a three-year-old child and his wife, Levander, is pregnant, it has taken Malbrough a little longer to pack up and leave Cowtown. They are driving and are expected to arrive here later today.

Malbrough assured that his hamstring has healed enough for him to practise this week. If so, he will likely play on Thanksgiving Monday when Winnipeg welcomes the B.C. Lions to town.


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