Khan on unfamiliar turf

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Former Renegades offensive lineman Ibrahim "Obby" Khan says, "in a nutshell, it sucks," the CFL folded his home-town team.

More for personal reasons than professional, of course.

"Now I've got to find a place of my own," said the 25-year-old Orleans native, who has lived with his parents while playing for the Renegades the past two seasons.

"I had it good living at home. I got all my meals made for me, but at least I did my own laundry, and I made my own bed, sometimes."

This upcoming CFL season will be a different story, now that the Renegades have been turfed by the league.

Khan and most of his Ottawa teammates will find out late this afternoon where they might begin the 2006 season when the CFL holds a dispersal draft.

Khan is expected to be a high pick because he is young, Canadian and it won't cost the team that picks him a fortune to pay his $48,000 salary (including bonuses) for 2006.

Nonetheless, the situation seems strange to Khan, who joined the Renegades in 2004 after being chosen second overall in that year's Canadian college draft.

"It's kind of like my college draft all over again," Khan said.

The Tiger-Cats pick first and will likely choose quarterback Kerry Joseph or receiver/kick returner Jason Armstead.

TICATS TO DRAFT JOSEPH

A source told the Sun on Monday that the Ticats would take Joseph and trade him to the Roughriders.

Joseph signed a contract with the Renegades through the 2009 season worth a reported $400,000 for the upcoming year -- half of which is based on a signing bonus.

Joseph has already received $25,000 of the bonus, and it's believed whichever team ends up with the 32-year-old pivot would owe that $25,000 to ex-Renegades owner Bernie Glieberman.

Armstead signed a reworked deal with the Renegades during the winter worth $200,000 (including $100,000 for signing), but it's unclear whether the league recognizes that contract.

If not, Armstead's salary for the upcoming season is $97,000, not including bonuses that could bump his take to $140,000.

Players like Khan who have lower salaries and are viewed as rising talents are the ones that will be most coveted in today's draft.

Khan had a conversation with the Bombers yesterday and it's possible he could wind up in blue and gold.

"Winnipeg seems to be a good fit for me, but I'm not banking or counting on anything," said Khan, a Simon Fraser grad who won the J.P. Metras Trophy as top CIS lineman in 2003.

"But the bottom line is that whoever picks me, I'll be going there to compete for a job."

And for Khan, Winnipeg would be good because a college buddy, Neil McKinlay, has a house there.

Said Khan: "If it's Winnipeg, I'll be movin' in."


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