Renegades ink Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown is dusting off that old Ottawa jersey.

Brown, who played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991, signed with the expansion Ottawa Renegades on Monday.

The 36 year-old import slotback replaces Kevin Drake, who retired the day before.

The Renegades also learned Monday that Andre Kirwan will require knee surgery after tearing a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Kirwan is likely lost for the season.

Brown has not played since 2000, when he caught nine passes for 143 yards in four games for the Toronto Argonauts.

"I've been running routes for the last two months," said Brown, who manages an Ottawa fitness club.

"Obviously, I'm a little rusty out here. But I'll be okay."

The Renegades are Brown's eighth CFL team since entering the league as a free agent in April 1990.

He has caught 507 passes for 8,347 yards and 59 touchdowns in 150 games over 11 CFL seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, Rough Riders, Edmonton Eskimos, Argonauts, Memphis Mad Dogs, Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions.

Brown has also returned 131 punts for 1,115 yards and three TDs plus 21 kickoffs for 353 more yards.

He further impressed in two Grey Cup appearances.

Brown had four receptions for 114 yards as the Eskimos captured the Grey Cup, 33-23 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Calgary's McMahon Stadium on Nov. 28, 1993.

He hauled in five catches for 125 yards and a TD in Edmonton's 43-37 loss to the Argonauts in the 1996 Grey Cup at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium.

But Brown went on to play for so many losing teams that he eventually soured on football.

"I began to get fed up," said Brown, a native of Topeka, Kansas.

"I'm hot tempered and I just got to the point where I couldn't take it any more."

In unrelated moves, the Renegades released running back Granville Mayers, defensive back Jamaal Alexander and defensive linemen Kirk Thompson and Brennan Swanson.

They then signed defensive ends Michael Boireau and Maurice Gordon.