Renegades find homes

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Just prior to the waiver period ending yesterday for Ottawa Renegades players who were not picked in last week's dispersal draft, Winnipeg made a claim for Kyries Hebert, who can play linebacker or safety.

Hebert had some issues, including a pricey contract and some legal issues, that threatened to keep him from re-entering the country.

The legal problem was resolved, while the Bombers were willing to pay the contract, including signing bonuses totalling $65,000 and a base this year of $75,000.

The Bombers, who on Tuesday reported a 2004 operating loss of $480,094 -- the largest single-season deficit since losing $1.5 million in 1999 -- have had a busy off-season signing splurge.

They won the bidding for middle linebacker Barrin Simpson, formerly with B.C., reportedly paying him about $140,000 a season.

The Bombers might have been able to afford Hebert as the league gave them a financial incentive for switching from the West to the East following the suspension of the Ottawa franchise.

Another former Renegade, Canadian cornerback/defensive back Dave Donaldson, is expected to be signed this week by the Argos.

ARGOS LENGTHEN DEALS

Argos GM Adam Rita and assistant GM/player personnel director Greg Mohns had their contracts extended through the end of 2007.

Miles Gorrell, added last year as a consultant, has been named the team's Canadian scout.


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