Former Bomber now with Esks

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Adrian Baird could give guided tours of Winnipeg to his Eskimo teammates before Saturday's cross-over playoff game.

The first-year member of the Green and Gold was part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers playoff battles last year, including playing in the Grey Cup.

Baird dressed for 39 games for the Bombers through 2006 and 2007 before coming to Edmonton through free agency in February.

So, the non-import special teams starter is returning to his old Winnipeg territory for Saturday's post-season tilt against the Bombers - facing a couple of good friends.

"I still talk to Jamie Stoddard, Greg Bearman. I was training with Greg Bearman in the off-season. Some of those guys (on the Bombers) are pretty good friends of mine," said Baird.

"It is going to be fun. I always enjoyed playing there. It is always a good atmosphere in Winnipeg. I am looking forward to going there and getting a victory."

The Bombers were interested in retaining Baird's services through free agency this winter, but he jumped to Edmonton for his fourth CFL season.

"It seemed like there was opportunity here (in Edmonton) to play, some different roles that maybe I could fit into," he added.

Edmonton needed to drastically improve its special teams play this year and Baird finished the regular season fourth in tackles on that unit with 14.

Now he plays his fifth career playoff game this weekend - but his first not in a Bombers' uniform.

READ THE ESKIMOS INSIDER - http://blog.canoe.ca/eskimos - every day through the Green and Gold's playoff run for up-to-the-minute news updates.


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