'Gades try to snag Armstead, Hudson

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

The Renegades appear to be closing in on long-term deals with a couple of key offensive cogs.

Negotiations on a multi-year contract with centre George Hudson took a positive swing upward yesterday after the two sides held a pair of meetings at Frank Clair Stadium.

Hudson, an original Renegade who is eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15, has dangling in front of him a lucrative bonus and six-figure, five-year offer.

While he had been hesitant to sign, progress was made when the Renegades agreed to give him some additional money on the back end.

"There's definitely a mutual interest," Renegades GM Forrest Gregg said yesterday from his home in Colorado Springs. "Whether it gets done or not remains to be seen, but I'd say I was optimistic."

Serving as his own agent, Hudson would only say "talks are ongoing" and "nothing has been signed."

But he also indicated a deal could very well be close to fruition.

"I did have problems with the length of it," said the 29-year-old St. Catharines native, one of the top O-linemen in the league. "These are going to be the best five years of my career. It's not something you want to jump at."

The Renegades are also trying to extend the contract of import wide receiver/return specialist Jason Armstead, offering him a deal that would also stretch through the 2010 season. It's believed terms of a new contract have essentially been agreed to by both parties -- including a signing bonus amount -- with the only obstacle still to overcome being when the bonus is to be paid.

Armstead, who was re-signed to a two-year (plus option) contract last off-season, finished with 3,353 combined yards, second only to West Division most outstanding player nominee Corey Holmes.

"I think we're close," Gregg said of a deal with the 26-year-old Armstead.

The Renegades also seem to be making headway in talks on a long-term contract with 25-year-old linebacker Kyries Hebert, who finished tied for the league lead in special teams tackles. Hebert is also considering NFL options, but could be leaning toward the security of a multi-year pact in Ottawa.

"It's an ongoing thing," said Gregg. "I've got about four different people I'm talking to right now and every day, I think this is going to be the day (a deal gets done). Maybe tomorrow."

Since season's end, the Renegades have inked long-term deals with cornerback Bo Rogers, punter Pat Fleming, DB Da'Shaun Austin and linebacker Donnavan Carter.


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