The Argos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have done a deal that will be a Wynn-Wynn situation for both teams.
The Toronto Sun has learned that Winnipeg will send quarterback Spergon Wynn to the Argos for backup safety/linebacker Mike Crumb and a second-round pick in this year's Canadian draft. The deal will be announced today.
The Argos coveted the 27-year-old Wynn because they wanted a quarterback with some Canadian Football League experience to complement veteran Damon Allen, highly touted rookie Eric Crouch and sophomore Charlie Peterson.
Michael Bishop, the Argos backup and occasional starter the past three years, won't be back even though he's on the roster. Bishop is starting for Chicago in the Arena League and didn't want to return here as a backup.
Wynn, who is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, played two years with the B.C. Lions and one season with Winnipeg. He has a strong arm and some mobility. In his rookie season in 2003, he backed up Dave Dickenson and started against the Argos in the Eastern semi-final.
Wynn dropped to third string in 2004 and asked for a trade after the season. He didn't get untracked in Winnipeg while battling a knee injury and dropped to third string.
Contacted yesterday from his off-season home near Houston, Wynn said he heard from a friend in Winnipeg a week ago that a trade to Toronto might be in the works.
"I'm obviously excited," Wynn said. "Toronto is a great team and a great organization. My first reaction is I really feel good (about the trade). Any time you have a chance to have a new beginning it's exciting.
"I'm looking forward to being on the same team as (Allen). I know he can teach me, that's just another bonus. He's a good person to study under."
Crumb is an eight-year veteran, the first five with B.C., the past three with Toronto. He is a solid special teams player who has some starting experience as a safety. However, the Blue Bombers are eyeing Montreal Alouettes free-agent Richard Karikari. He is canvassing the National Football League market, but likely will focus on the CFL in another week.
The Lions may be interested in trading for Bashir Levingston if the Argos are willing to assume part of his contract -- and sources say that may be a possibility.
Levingston, who became expendable when the Argos signed returner/receiver Keith Stokes as a free agent on Sunday, is scheduled to receive $125,000 this year and has a bonus that kicks in March 1.
Ex-Argo gets new deal
Former Argos offensive lineman Sandy Annunziata, who was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos last year, has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Ottawa Renegades for four years with an average salary of $100,000 per season.
As noted yesterday, a possible change in the punting rules will be discussed by the rules committee today as part of the on-going CFL congress in Toronto.