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Stampeders release Webb

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According to the Calgary Stampeders website, the Calgary Stampeders released defensive back Dee Webb on Sunday. Webb was acquired by the Stampeders from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a conditional draft choice in the 2015 Canadian Football League draft on May 21.

Webb was among seven Stampeders cut by Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel. The other six were wide receivers Damian Ford, Damon McDaniel, and Aldarius Johnson, linebacker Trent Mackey, defensive back Jeff Richards and defensive lineman Monte Simmons. All seven players the Stampeders cut are now considered internationals rather than imports under the new collective bargaining agreement.

According to Nic Saggi of www.stampeders.com, Webb was initially very excited to be rejoining the Stampeders, the Canadian Football League franchise he began with in 2009. In one game that season, he had two tackles and a fumble recovery for 35 yards. Since then, Webb played three years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, one year with the Toronto Argonauts and one year with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League.

The Montreal Alouettes meanwhile sent shockwaves throughout the entire CFL when they announced the release of running back Jerome Messam. The 2011 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, Messam rushed for over 1,000 yards while playing for the Edmonton Eskimos. The British Columbia Lions also released defensive end Chris Wilson.

The cuts were necessary because all nine Canadian Football League teams needed to be down to 65 players on Sunday evening. Under the new collective bargaining agreement that was approved by the board of governors on Friday, there are now 44 players on the active roster, while teams can have two players on the reserve roster and ten players on the practice roster.

The Stampeders, who are coming off a 23-20 exhibition overtime win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium on Saturday night, finish their pre-season schedule in Vancouver against the British Columbia Lions on Friday. They will then host the Montreal Alouettes in the regular season opener on June 28.

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