St. Germain to re-sign

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The Renegades have put the first dent into their large list of unsigned players.

The club will announce today it has reached an agreement with guard Val St. Germain, an 11-season veteran coach and GM Joe Paopao identified as a priority when he was rehired 12 days ago.

The Renegades, who began the week with 21 players eligible for free agency Feb. 15, will also reveal they have re-signed one or two more from the group. But the 33-year-old St. Germain will be the big one.

A 6-foot-4, 310-pounder who was born in Ottawa and now lives in Barrhaven, St. Germain was one of the first players signed by the Renegades in 2002.

He broke into the league, after graduating from McGill, as the first overall bonus-round pick by the Hamilton Ticats in 1994. After six seasons in Steeltown -- including a all-star berth and Grey Cup game appearance in 1998 -- St. Germain signed as a free agent with the Eskimos. He was a West Division all-star in 1999, the first of his three seasons with Edmonton.

Growing up, he played for the Myers Riders and at Notre Dame high school.

GOVERNORS GATHERING: Renegades president Brad Watters returned from CFL meetings in Florida last night satisfied the league is "working together" toward a common ground on a salary cap. In the past, Watters has bemoaned the fact Ottawa is one of the few teams -- if not the only one -- committed to sticking close to the guideline issued by head office. "It went well," Watters said of the meetings, which were held for the past two days in West Palm Beach. "We got a lot of things done that are very positive. The future looks good." Questions about the Ottawa ownership situation were asked, Watters said. "We told them we are still looking for a partner ... they understand the situation. We are committed to this season and working hard. We reassured them about what we were doing." Watters said that the name Bernie Glieberman, who still could surface as a Renegades owner, was not mentioned at the meetings.

CHIP SHOTS: The Renegades contacted Roger Dunbrack yesterday and "expressed interest" in signing the non-import defensive tackle. Dunbrack, who was one of the team's top players before a torn biceps ended his season in Saskatchewan on Sept. 26, said he is "95%" recovered from the injury. "It's just a matter of strengthening it now," said Dunbrack. "I'm surprised how fast it came back."


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