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Familiarity brought Derel Walker back to Edmonton

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It just made sense for Derel Walker to put pen to paper and sign a contract with the Edmonton Football Team last week.

It feels familiar to him, like reconnecting with a long-lost friend or a hearing a song you haven’t listened to in ages.

The receiver has been in Edmonton before. Twice, actually. His first year was in 2015, where he went on to win the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie and the Grey Cup. He then had one more season in green and gold before heading down south with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 29-year-old re-joined Edmonton half way through the 2017 campaign, after he was cut by Tampa Bay, where he remained through 2018.

After all of that history, it just made sense to head back to Alberta for his sixth CFL season.

“I’m very familiar with the city and a lot of guys that are still in the organization,” Walker told TSN1260’s Dave Jamieson last week after signing his new deal. “When I was there, I spent a lot of time there, as you know, within my career. The city grew on me and it was just like a second home to me. I’m just so familiar with how the city operates, especially the organization.”

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