CALGARY -- The journey continues for Stevie Baggs.
After a brief stint south of the border with the Baltimore Ravens (NFL), Baggs returned to Canada this week, signing a practice roster agreement with the Calgary Stampeders.
Baggs, 30, is now a member of his fifth CFL team, having previously suited up for the Blue Bombers, Eskimos, Roughriders, and most recently the Tiger-Cats.
Regardless of what colours he’s wearing, Baggs admits he’s just content with being back in the CFL, especially with a team in a favourable spot in the standings like the Stampeders.
By the Numbers: Stevie Baggs (Career)
Fumble Recoveries: 7
“Very important. Over half my career has been played in the CFL. I’m the only pro football player to play on 11 different teams and I think the resilience of it speaks volumes,” said Baggs.
“I’m just glad Coach (John) Hugnagel and his staff here know what kind of person I am on and off the field. When it comes down to playing football, I love this game and I know I can contribute,” he added.
Last season, Baggs registered 50 tackles, five sacks and recovered two fumbles in 18 games with the Ticats before being surprisingly released in March.
Now entering his seventh CFL season, Baggs is once again preparing to wreak havoc over opposing offensive lines.
However, the defensive lineman will have to wait a little bit before he can take the field, as he continues to nurse an injury that has plagued him in recent weeks.
“It’s day to day right now. I’m just trying to make sure I don’t aggravate it — I want to make sure I come back and that it’s fully healed so I can come back later in the season and I can go full throttle,” Baggs said.
“The injury is just a grade one strain. Right now, it’s just a week-to-week thing. We’re just trying to take care of it and make sure there’s no lingering effects as I get later in the season.”