Stamps sign four more

February 18, 2005 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders News Release

(Calgary) – Today Calgary Stampeders’ Head Coach and VP of Football Operations, Tom Higgins, announced the free agent signing of Receivers James Williams and James Terry, Defensive Back Jermaine Chatman and Canadian Offensive Lineman David De La Perralle.

As per Club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

“Williams is an experienced receiver with great top end speed,” stated GM Jim Barker. “Along with his offensive ability we expect him to be a contributor on special teams, as he was a dynamic kick returner at Marshall.”

“Terry is a 6’5” receiver with great leaping ability” stated GM Jim Barker. “His combination of size and speed will create problems for opposing corners.”

“David is a 6’7” 330 lbs offensive lineman with an incredible amount of ability,” stated GM Jim Barker. ”He started as a true freshman at the University of Kentucky and we expect him to add quality depth to our Canadian talent base.”

“In 2003 Jermain was the top cover corner in NFL Europe,” stated GM Jim Barker. “His physical nature will be a great fit in our defensive system.”

Below is a closer look at the newest Stampeders:

James Williams

Receiver

COLLEGE: Marshall

HT: 5’10” WT: 181 lbs

Born: March 6, 1978

Birthplace: Vicksburg, Miss

CFL Experience: 1st Year

Stampeder Experience: 1st Year

Import

Pro

Entering his first season with the Calgary Stampeders … signed as a free agent on February 18, 2005 … selected by the Seahawks with the first of three sixth round picks, 175th overall, of the 2000 NFL Draft … has spent time the last 5 years in the NFL with three different teams … started NFL career with Seattle Seahawks in 2000 … played in 29 games in three seasons… signed with the Detroit Lions on December 2, 2003 … played one season and was signed a year later as free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being released on August 10, 2004.

2004

Signed as a free agent on August 4 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … released on August 10.

2003

Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions … played in one game but did not record any stats.

2002

Played his 3rd season with the Seattle Seahawks … played in 13 games starting 2 of them recording 9 catches for 99 yards … James also recorded 21 kick returns for 354 yards with his longest being a 46 yard return.

2001

Played in 6 games starting 2 of them … recorded 12 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown … had a big game on December 12 vs the San Diego Chargers … recording 4 catches for 101 yards and one touchdown … James also showcased his talent on November 4 vs the Washington Redskins recording 2 catches for 69 yards … one of which was 49 yards which remains a career long for Williams in the NFL.

2000

Saw action in 10 games, including the season opener in Miami (9/3). Posted his first NFL catch against the Dolphins ... returned three kickoffs for 76 yards (25.3 avg.) vs. New Orleans (9/17) when Charlie Rogers did not play ... saw extended playing time at Carolina after Derrick Mayes suffered a finger injury in warm-ups ... responded with two receptions with 31 yards with a long of 18 ... declared inactive weeks 8-10 and weeks 13, 15, and 17, alternating fourth string wide receiver duties with Karsten Bailey ... caught two passes for 20 yards week 14 at Atlanta (12/32) ... rushed once for -5 yards at Miami (9/3).

College

Transferred to Marshall after two years at Hinds (Miss.) Community College ...first-team All-Mid American Conference selection after catching 47 passes for 880 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior year ... also returned 15 kickoffs for a 32.9-yard average and one score ... recorded three games over 100 yards receiving, including a season high 164 on four catches versus Miami (Ohio). During his junior campaign, he caught 26 passes for 591 yards (22.7 avg.) and four touchdowns, including a 91-yard score versus Troy State ... returned 12 kickoffs for a 25.2-yard average.

Noteworthy

Earned seven letters in football, track and basketball at Warren Central High in Raymond, Miss ... earned the Most Valuable Player Award on the track team ... also a member of the Marshall track team ... majored in sports management and marketing.

James Terry

Receiver

COLLEGE: Kansas State

HT: 6’5” WT: 180 lbs

Born: March 6, 1978

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

CFL Experience: 1st Year

Stampeder Experience: 1st Year

Import

Pro

Entering his first season with the Calgary Stampeders … signed as a free agent on February 18, 2005 … most recently signed with the San Diego Chargers on May 4, 2004 … was released shortly after.

College

2003

Played in 15 games … recording 64 catches for 1232 yards and 13 touchdowns … recorded six 100 yard games … in the his first game of the season on August 8, 2003 he recorded 4 caches for 116 yards and one touchdown vs California … two games later on September 6 vs McNeese State James recorded 4 catches for 112 yards and 1 touchdown … the following game on September 13 vs Massachusetts he recorded a season high 8 catches … later in the season James recorded another 8 catch performance for 138 yards vs Baylor … on November 15 vs Nebraska he recorded 6 catches for a season high 175 yards and two touchdowns.

2002

Played in 10 games … recording 28 catches for 561 yards and 5 touchdowns … had two of his bigger games near the start of the season … on October 12 vs Oklahoma State James recorded 4 catches for 88 yards and 1 touchdown … the following game on October 19 vs Texas he recorded another 4 catches, this time for 80 yards … his best game statistically came in the last two games … on November 23 vs Missouri he recorded 4 catches for 95 yards and only five days later he recorded 5 catches for 90 yards vs Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

Noteworthy

Brother of current Stampeder Defensive Back Nate Terry.

David De La Perralle

Offensive Lineman

COLLEGE: Kentucky

HT: 6’7” WT: 315 lbs

Born: May 22, 1979

Birthplace: Montreal

CFL Experience: 6th Year

Games Played: Regular Season- 26; East Semi-Final – 0; East Final – 0;

Stampeder Experience: 1st Year

Games Played: Regular Season – 0; West Semi-Final – 0; West Final – 0;

Canadian

Pro

Entering his 1st season with the Stampeders … signed as a free agent on February 18, 2005 … drafted in the 1st round (2nd overall) by Toronto in the 1999 Canadian College Draft … released by Toronto June 23, 2001 … signed by Ottawa February 27, 2002 … re-signed November 26, 2003.

2004

Started season with Ottawa Renegades … did not play a regular season game and was on the teams injured list for the Renegades first four games.

2003

Appeared in four games (one start, July 18 vs BC) … missed final 11 games due to injury.

2002

Released by Toronto on February 27, 2002 … played in 8 games with the Ottawa Renegades.

2001

Did not play.

2000

Suffered injury during first game of season and did not play for remainder of season.

1999

Selected second overall by Toronto in 1999 Canadian College Draft … played first CFL game July 10 vs Montreal.

College

1996-1997

Alternated between guard and tackle at the University of Kentucky … named the school’s lineman of the year in 1996 … named to All-South-eastern Conference First All-Star team in 1996 … received honourable mention for the All-SEC Second All-Star Team in 1997.

Noteworthy

Member of the Vanier College Cheetahs in Montreal … qualifying for the CEGEP AAA Bol d’Or (Quebec provincial finals) both season.

Jermaine Chatman

Defensive Back

COLLEGE: University of Arizona

HT: 5’11” WT: 185 lbs

Born: February 15, 1980

Birthplace: Los Angeles

CFL Experience: 1st year

Stampeder Experience: 1st Year

Import

Pro

Entering his 1st season with the Stampeders … signed as a free agent on February 18, 2005 … most recently Jermaine was released by the Denver Broncos on October 12, 2004 … originally signed with Denver on June 23, 2003, … in 2003 he played in 10 games as and was a leading defender for the Scottish Claymores … he recorded 33 tackles 29 (solo), six pass defences and three special teams tackles … was the Claymores first selection in the NFL Europe free agent draft in 2003 ... originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 22, 2002 … waived by the Jaguars at the end of their training camp on August 25, 2002.

College

Played two seasons at the University of Arizona, recording 73 tackles (61 solo) 3 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 19 passes defended, starting 16 of 22 career games for the Wildcats … started all 11 games as a senior in 2001, and had 39 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 14 passes defended … started 5 of 11 games as a junior, tallying 34 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 interceptions in his first year at Arizona after transferring from Pasadena (California) city College … started 10 games as a sophomore at Pasadena CC, making 48 tackles and picking off 1 pass, earning All-Mission Conference honours … started seven of the eight games he played in as a freshman.

Noteworthy

All-State and all-city first team selection, adding all-region honours as a wide receiver at Hawthorne (California) high school … lettered twice as a receiver, tailback, free safety, cornerback and punter … team captain and most valuable player as a senior … caught 33 passes for 749 yards that year … also lettered in track, competing in the 100 metres (10.6) … was a sociology major at Arizona.

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