Lions' RB Logan signs with Super Bowl champion Steelers

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2/5/2009 7:00:16 PM
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Cameron Wake and Dominique Dorsey will not be the only former CFL stars plying their trade south of the border next season as B.C. Lions running back Stefan Logan has signed with the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

"When I tried out in January they said they wanted to sign me then, but we'd have to do it after the Super Bowl," Logan told TSN.

The two-year contract with the Steelers will be signed on Friday.  There is no significant signing bonus in the deal, but that fact does not bother the South Dakota product.

"I'm not worried about that," Logan told TSN.  "They told me I had a good opportunity to make the team as a starting kick and punt returner and as a third down back."

The chance to play in the NFL was too good to pass up for the 27-year old Logan, especially when he can be a part of a championship club.

"In life you have to take the opportunity when it comes," Logan told TSN.  "This is a chance to be closer to my family, too. I'm just going to roll the dice and see how it goes."

Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono discussed the situation with Vancouver radio station THE TEAM 1040 on Thursday.

"You can never be so dependant on one player that you get crippled," Buono told the TEAM.  "We hate to see Stefan leave us but Roy Shivers has always done a great job of finding skilled players like that.  We do have Ian Smart here - who's been very good here - so from that point, we do have direction. 

"Our focus now when we get tapes or we talk to people will be more on a running back.  I do believe that's the kind of player who's a lot easier to find than a Cam Wake or a big offensive tackle or a quarterback.  There are probably a lot of good running backs looking for a job."

Buono also reiterated the fact that the signing does not necessarily signify the end of Logan's CFL career.

"Just because he has signed doesn't mean he has made the team," Buono told TSN.
Similarly, Logan is not ready to cut ties with the Lions either.

"I'm still going to keep a close eye on the Lions and see how they're doing," Logan said."  Neil (McEvoy, player personnel director) said that if it didn't work out they would welcome me back."

Logan enjoyed a breakout campaign in his first year in the CFL as he was among the league leaders in rushing yards with 889 yards on just 122 carries.  He also caught 52 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. 

Buono does understand the lure of the NFL and does not begrudge Logan for taking his shot.

"Obviously we knew Stefan's qualities and saw him as a guy who could be a tremendous asset, especially to us," Buono told THE TEAM.  "But obviously the NFL is going more and more to that kind of athlete and the size of the individual doesn't scare off teams like it used to."

Logan's departure continues the off-season exodus from B.C.  Both defensive end Cam Wake and linebacker Jamall Johnson have signed in the NFL, while offensive lineman Jason Jimenez is also testing the waters of four down football.  In addition. the team has also released slotback Jason Clermont, linebacker Otis Floyd and defensive lineman Tyrone Williams. 
-files from TSN reporter Farhan Lalji were used for this report


Stefan Logan (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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