Renegades, get your Renegades

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

B.C. Lions are in line for the Ottawa Renegades' roster liquidation sale at 1 p.m. today.

That's when the Canadian Football League hosts a dispersal draft for the suspended franchise's players. Lions pick sixth. Hamilton Tiger-Cats go first and could take quarterback Kerry Joseph.

The rights to as many as 70 players are up for grabs. With rights come responsibilities, including paying contracts and bonuses agreed between the players and former Renegades' owners Bernie and Lonie Glieberman. General managers of the CFL's remaining eight teams have the added pressure of the league's new $3.8-million salary cap.

"A very tricky situation," said Lions' general manager and head coach Wally Buono. "Some of the salaries are at the point of being out of whack, really out of proportion."

Buono will be shopping to improve the offensive line and fill a linebacking vacancy. The offensive line gave up a league-high 74 sacks in 2005 and was faulted for leaving quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers vulnerable.

Ex-Simon Fraser University offensive lineman Ibrahim "Obie" Khan is a logical selection. The Ottawa native was the Renegades' first pick in 2004's Canadian draft.

"He's a young guy, very athletic," Buono said.

Surrey-born Cam Yeow is among the linebacking crew Buono can decide on. Others include Canadian Donnavan Carter and imports D'Wayne Taylor and Kai Ellis.

Buono needs a fourth quarterback at training camp next month, so Joseph's understudy Brad Banks could be an appealing choice if he's available.

"You've gotta look at Brad Banks, I think he's better than a fourth QB," Buono said.

The import Banks made five of 14 passes for 64 yards, a touchdown and an interception in 2005. As a rookie, he completed 67 of 106 in 2004 with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 138 yards on 20 carries for two touchdowns.


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