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CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have added depth behind centre, officially announcing the signing of quarterback Adrian McPherson Tuesday.
“I’m very pleased to be able to add a quarterback with Adrian’s experience and skill set,” said Hufnagel. “As we saw last season, depth at the quarterback position is vital and I believe Adrian provides excellent competition.”
McPherson played five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes (2008-12) before signing with the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm in 2013. In five seasons and 80 regular-season games with Montreal, where he served as Anthony Calvillo’s backup and the short-yardage quarterback, McPherson recorded 1,035 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He completed 145 of 243 passing attempts for 1,505 yards and 10 touchdowns.
McPherson played eight post-season games for the Alouettes and was a member of Grey Cup-winning teams in 2009 and 2010.
With Tampa Bay in 2013, McPherson accounted for 90 touchdowns — 59 throwing and 31 rushing. Prior to coming to Montreal, he also spent time with Arena league teams in Indiana, Austin and Grand Rapids. He was selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) by the New Orleans Saints in the 2005 National Football League draft.
The six-foot-three, 220-pound native of Bradenton, Fla., played two seasons at Florida State before turning pro.
“The Stampeders have been one of the top teams since I first came to the CFL and I’m excited to come to Calgary,” said McPherson. “I look forward to meeting my new teammates and to working with Coach Hufnagel and Coach Dickenson.”