Arena League's demise no bonanza for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

The Arena Football League's demise could result in a handful of players coming north to play in the CFL, but it isn't expected to have a major impact on the three-down loop.

Brendan Taman's phone rang off the hook yesterday after word came down that the AFL had cancelled its 2009 season. More than 350 AFL players are now in search of work, and many of them immediately looked north.

"Normally this time of year is very quiet, but today was like NFL cutdown day," said Taman, the Bombers' director of player personnel.

The Bombers normally don't put Arena League players on their negotiation list since the AFL season concludes at the end of July, or two months after CFL training camps begin. Taman, however, put a few AFL names on Winnipeg's list yesterday.

NOT RULED OUT: The Bombers might be interested in a pair of recently released B.C. Lions.

Linebacker Otis Floyd and defensive tackle Tyrone Williams could both end up being on Winnipeg's radar, Taman indicated yesterday.

Floyd is a "possible positional need," according to Taman. Floyd plays weak-side linebacker, which is the position Cam Hall filled this past season in Winnipeg. Hall struggled mightily in the last third of the season and is a potential free agent in February.

Taman said the situation regarding Williams, who was let go yesterday, depends on what happens with Jerome Haywood, who is also slated to become a free agent in February.

Williams, 36, was a CFL all-star in 2006 and 2007. He had 27 sacks in 120 career games.

BRYANT WATCH: Bombers slotback Romby Bryant will work out for an NFL team later this month, although Taman wouldn't reveal which squad is interested.

CFL players going into the option year of their contracts can start working out for NFL squads on Dec. 29 -- or earlier if their CFL team grants permission. The window to sign with an NFL team is between Jan. 2 and Feb. 15.

Bryant, who turns 29 on Sunday, came to the CFL last season after spending two years on the Baltimore Ravens practice roster. The speedster led the Blue and Gold with 1,209 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

LATE HITS: Bob Wylie, who wasn't retained as the Bombers offensive line coach under new boss Mike Kelly, has interviewed for the same role with the Saskatchewan Roughriders ... Ben Cahoon re-signed with the Montreal Alouettes yesterday, inking a one-year contract that includes an option.


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