Stamps sign ex-NFLer Rasheed

Courtesy Calgary Herald:

The remake of the Calgary Stampeders linebacking corps continued on Tuesday with the signing of a National Football League veteran and a former collegiate all-American.

Former San Francisco 49er and Houston Texan Saleem Rasheed and Charleston Hughes, along with defensive lineman Funtaine Hunter, will all be at the Stamps’ 2008 training camp, beginning June 1.

Rasheed, 26, was a third-round draft pick of the Niners out of the University of Alabama in 2002 and played there for four years before spending a season with Houston.

“He’s an aggressive player and big hitter who has good range at the linebacker position,” said Stampeders coach and general manager John Hufnagel of the six-foot-two, 229-pound Rasheed.

“His NFL experience and athleticism give him a chance to compete for the starting middle linebacker position,” said Hufnagel.

“We’ve made some changes at linebacker this off-season and we’ll have good competition across the board when we get to training camp.”

The 24-year-old Hughes, who played at Northwood University in Michigan following his high school days in Saginaw, Mich., earned all-American honours following his senior season in 2006. Hughes, six foot one and 244 pounds, led all of Division 2 in solo tackles, averaging 6.5 per game.

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