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CALGARY -- Rumours started circulating early Friday morning and the Calgary Stampeders confirmed the somewhat shocking news that it has released veteran WR Ken-Yon Rambo.

Rambo, who told the Calgary Herald Friday night that he was stunned by the news, has been one of the most productive receivers of the last decade in Calgary but an injury-plagued 2011 season, combined with the competition in training camp has made the 33-year-old expendable.

Originally signed as a free agent in 2005, Rambo recorded 406 catched for 5,995 yards and 39 touchdowns.  His receptions and yardage totals put him in 10th place in Stampeders history and his touchdown receptions puts him 8th all-time in the franchise’s record books.

The 2008 season was Rambo’s finest, winning a Grey Cup, earning an All-Star vote and amassing just under 1,500 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns on 100 receptions.

The Stampeders continued to be busy on Saturday, trading DB Geoff Tisdale to Hamilton, with the teams also exchanging undisclosed 2014 draft picks.

Tisdale was a member of the Tiger-Cats from 2008-10 until he signed with the Stampeders as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. He registered 35 tackles and four interceptions in his only season in Calgary.

However, Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said the most difficult decision was releasing Rambo. The 33-year-old is eighth overall on the Stamps’ all-time list for receptions (406) and receiving yards (5,995). He sits in 10th spot on the club’s all-time list when it comes to touchdown receptions with 39.

“It’s unfortunate that Ken-Yon hasn’t been 100 per cent healthy and hasn’t been able to practise with our club for a large portion of training camp,” said Hufnagel.

“We had to make a number of difficult decisions and this was certainly one of them. We’re fortunate to have depth at the receiver position but this was still a tough call to make. I want to thank Ken-Yon for everything he has done for the Calgary Stampeders and wish him all the best in the future. He will be considered one of the great players in franchise history.”

Canadian QB Brad Sinopoli was also among those released by the Stampeders on Saturday.

The Stampeders also announced Saturday that the following players have been released:

NIP LB Wilkerson DeSouza

IMP DB Johnnie Dixon

NIP OL Mike Filer

IMP DL Kenny Iwebema

IMP RB Derrick Locke

NIP DL Ameet Pall

IMP DB David Pittman

NIP DL Jordan Spence

IMP DL Michael Stover

IMP DL Chase Vaughn

NIP DL Jadon Wagner

IMP OL Tony Washington

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
cfls - I did hear that Hamilton might add a 4th QB - Forcier was released last week leaving them with LeFevour as #3. However PR has been determined and is now full. gs- Tisdale was traded, likely at Hamilton's request, not cut. Guess Huff felt he could do without him.
June 24, 2012 - 2:37pm
 
Dekkoy
It also looks like there will be a lot of cuts. Which is good, you keep the 'best' players hopefully. But I think other teams will be waiting for players that didn't work out. I'm surprised a bunch haven't been released already...
June 24, 2012 - 9:13am
 
Dekkoy
Will be good to have him back for sure! I know the Cats have prided themselves with a strong Linebacking core in the past. But they can't do it all. The defense has to be strong unit from pass rush, linebacking to deep coverage. Hopefully they can use him well!
June 24, 2012 - 9:11am
 
genre slur
Tisdale, Sinopoli, Washington, and Pall all cut wtf? Well I hope Huffco. made good decisions here. I would hate to see them give the Stamps some blowback. Horsepower...
June 24, 2012 - 12:57am
 
cflsteve
Ameett Pall situation seems strange. The stamps and many other teams still have no report on injured lists and practice roster. I would have though that if Pall was injured he would have been added to the injured list and not reported as released. some teams already have the injured list and practice spots announced and others do not. Keeping everyone guessing. for another day
June 23, 2012 - 10:48pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
Hamilton will be happy to have Geoff back - I was sorry to see him leave last year. Here we go again with a team signing a Canadian QB, keeping him on the roster for a year and then cutting him loose! Import QBs are often given more of a chance. There needs to be some incentive for keeping these QBs around long enough to give them a decent chance. Who won the game for Calgary last week - oh yeah, the guy who isn't good enough to keep. Hope that Sinopli gets a chance elsewhere.
June 23, 2012 - 9:27pm
Duckman118
I agree. He looks good in pre season and what not. If only they gave him more of a chance.
June 23, 2012 - 11:31pm
cflsteve
Sinopoli did everything a second yr number 3 QB was supposed to do and that is to develop and he did. Bo Mitchel Just was a better QB. Huf just does not keep 4 QBs that is his rule of thumb although he almost made an exeption here he said. Of all the QBs released so far he appears to be the best. So he may have an oppuritunity yet at some point this season.
Hamilton and Edmonton appear to be keeping four QBs. BC believe it or not most likely has the lowest #3 QB in Demarco but they like his potential but would he be able to step into the #2 spot inf injury were to strike Lulay. Perhaps BC may bring him in for a look but as packed as the rosters and practice squads already are would they bring Sinoplli who most likely is better than Deamarco to the #3 and move demarco to the practice squad. Lots of Ifs but he has earned the discussion.
Another option may be one of the arena indoor leagues. they have become true minor league with a salry of only 450 a week but Trevoe Harris used it to his advantage by playing a stint with the indorr league then the UFL and another stint indoors in 2012 before entering Argos camp and it has seemed to pay off.
Scrap ad claw Brad as you have the potential mre than any Canadian QB in a long time
June 24, 2012 - 4:41am