Ticats re-thinking economics

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

They seem to be opening a Pandora's Box all of their own with the pursuit of quarterback Doug Flutie.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats admitted last week they made an offer to both Flutie and his brother, Darren, a retired receiver, to return to the CFL for one last kick with the 'Cats.

"To convince a guy of Doug's stature to come back to the CFL (from the NFL) means we have to re-think our economics," Ticats owner Bob Young told the Hamilton Spectator. "We have to re-write our budget."

Young figures he can offer Doug $250,000, then send his marketers out to get another $500,000 in endorsement deals for the six-time CFL MVP.

"The simple fact is we would be irresponsible if we didn't take a shot at bringing as charismatic, as decent a human being and as talented an athlete as Doug Flutie to Hamilton," Young said.

This is the same franchise, you may recall, that refused to give veteran defensive end Joe Montford the raise he felt he deserved, then traded him, and whose running back, Troy Davis, has expressed frustration in negotiating a new contract with the club. Then there's incumbent quarterback Danny McManus, who would be relegated to the bench if Flutie does agree to Young's terms.

Then there's that phantom CFL salary cap.

BERLIN TAKEN: Winnipeg Blue Bombers watched as promising University of Miami QB Brock Berlin was passed over in the NFL draft on the weekend but still lost out on him when the Miami Dolphins signed him as a free agent yesterday.

Several other players that Bomber GM Brendan Taman had his eye on were drafted, including defensive end Ryan Riddle (California-Berkely) and linebacker Tyjuan Hagler (Cincinnati).

Taman, who was fielding calls from other passed-over prospects yesterday, was waiting to see if any of the other QBs he was hoping to sign get picked up.

TOP PROSPECT: Since both RB Jesse Lumsden (Seattle) and OL Nick Kaczur (New England) are NFL-bound, the projected top pick for Thursday's CFL college entry draft is now Laval DE Miguel Robede. Calgary has the No. 1 choice. Lumsden and Kaczur are still eligible.

YOUTH CAMP: The NFL/CFL is bringing the Junior Player Development (JPD) program to Winnipeg for the first time in June, NFL Canada announced yesterday. The program, which will develop the skills of youths, will be held at Maple Grove Park, Mondays through Thursdays, June 6-23 (6-8 p.m. each night). Registration is free and equipment will be provided. Registration will be held at Sport, Manitoba, 200 Main Street, on May 9, 6-9 p.m. and will be limited. To download a registration, medical and waiver form, check www.nflcflfutures.com. All players need to provide a medical history.


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