Thelwell to sign with Stamps
February 14, 2007
Thelwell agrees to deal with Stampeders
Sportsnet.ca -- The Calgary Stampeders have agreed to terms with wide receiver Ryan Thelwell, CKNW Radio in Vancouver is reporting. The deal is expected to be one year plus an option that will pay the London, Ontario native $115,000 next season.
While the free agency period in the Canadian Footlball League does not begin until Thursday at midnight, the B.C. Lions had given the Stampeders permission to talk to the six-year CFL veteran. The deal is expected to be announced Thursday.
Known to the Lions faithful as "Automatic" because he always seems to catch the ball, Thelwell is a two-time West All-Star. His numbers dipped a bit last season after setting career highs in 2005 with 1,035 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
During is college stint at Minnesota , Thelwell set a school record with 1,051 receiving yards and was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 1996. That season he was ranked third in his conference and 18th nationally, averaging 95.6 receiving yards per game. He was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.