Odell Willis tampering case has similar feel to Barrin Simpson signing in 2006

Odell Willis. (QMI Agency files)

Odell Willis. (QMI Agency files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

A few eyebrows were raised in February 2006 when linebacker Barrin Simpson was present and accounted for at a morning press conference to announce his new contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The reason people were curious was because the free-agency period had opened only 10 hours before, at midnight EST.

If the Bombers hadn't "tampered," which is expressing interest in a free agent before his contract expires, then how did Simpson know to fly into Winnipeg the night before and sign the contract at 1 a.m.?


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