Samuels seeking revenge

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

You somehow get the impression that Stanford Samuels will be seeking a little revenge when the Edmonton Eskimos come to town for tomorrow night's game.

The Eskies suddenly released the import defensive back just before their first pre-season game and he eventually wound up back with the Blue Bombers, the team that had given him his first CFL start back in 2005.

"I'm anxious, I'm ready," Samuels said yesterday. "I'm looking forward to getting between the lines and going into the competition. I mean, we've got a lot of battles at practice last year. A lot of people want to see an opportunity to play against each other so we'll both get those chances."

Samuels signed with Edmonton as a free agent during the winter of 2007, after souring on negotiations with Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman.

Because he was making significant cash in Edmonton, some felt the Eskimos were being salary-cap conscious when they sent Samuels packing.

"It wasn't about money -- they're over the cap now," Samuels said. "It was moreso, from what I heard and from what I speculated on when I was leaving, it was about myself and (head) coach (Danny) Maciocia not seeing eye-to-eye on a topic.

"I thank him for helping me on the transition to the best situation for myself and I look forward to getting on the field against him."

Samuels will move inside from cornerback to replace Jovon Johnson, who has returned to his Erie, Pa., home after his half-brother was shot dead on Monday.

"I'm a man of all trades," Samuels said. "It's a bit of a transition but I pride myself on being able to come in and slide over to DB."

Import cornerback Robert Bean will return from a thumb injury to replace Samuels at the corner, Bomber head coach Doug Berry confirmed.

HASHMARKS: OL Obby Khan was taking turns at tight end with the first team in short-yardage situations yesterday, meaning he could return tomorrow ... Recently-arrived OL Bobby Singh is still being evaluated, Berry said ... LB Zeke Moreno, who will also make his home debut, has brought his wife and three-year-old son back with him from Hamilton ... Bombers have sold more than 27,300 ducats for tomorrow's contest.


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