Khari sent packing

Former CFL MVP Khari Jones is introduced as the Calgary Stampeders' new starting quarterback...

Former CFL MVP Khari Jones is introduced as the Calgary Stampeders' new starting quarterback yesterday at McMahon Stadium. Jones was acquired in a multi-player deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (Jim Wells/Calgary Sun)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

The Horsemen finally made an offer that the Blue Bombers just could not refuse.

So, Winnipeg agreed to deal quarterback Khari Jones, fullback Randy Bowles and a fourth-round pick in the 2006 Canadian college draft to the Calgary Stampeders for defensive lineman Joe Fleming, safety Wes Lysack and fullback Scott Regimbald, the CFL club confirmed yesterday.

It was not finalized until very late Saturday night, well after the Alouettes had beaten the Bombers 47-25 because the trade had been contingent upon some factors that could have scuttled the deal.

Bombers head coach Jim Daley coached all three newcomers as Calgary's assistant head coach/defensive co-ordinator last season.

"A very distasteful part of the sport -- trading players at any time, especially during the season," Daley said. "However, sometimes you have to make a trade to get players who can help you when the offer gets to a point where you almost can't turn it down."

Stampeders head coach/GM Matt Dunigan had been trying to pry Jones out of Winnipeg for several weeks with no success. Daley had kept telling Bombers GM Brendan Taman to decline earlier bids because he was loath to trade Jones.

"The light doesn't turn on until you get the right combination," Daley said. "But when I heard those three names, which was just a few days ago, I said, 'OK now, let's consider it.' I'm very reluctant at any point to make a trade. I'm very reluctant specifically to make a trade at quarterback. If we didn't have the arrival of Tee Martin three weeks ago, the presence of Stanley Jackson and the play of Kevin Glenn, then we wouldn't even consider it."

Jones and Fleming, 32, were obviously the key players in the negotiations. Although Fleming is a big ticket himself, the Bombers will dump a contract worth about $750,000 over the next two years.

"Joe Fleming is one of the most dominant pass rushers in the CFL, one of the best leaders that I've ever been associated with, and one of the best men I've ever worked with," Daley gushed. "He will be, in his return to Winnipeg, an impact player and an impact person.

"Good players raise the level of those they are with and Joe's a very good player. We all know that from being the MVP on defence last year, which is an unusual award for a D-lineman. But he raises the calibre. He raises the competence. He raises the focus level, the intensity level. He's a full-motor guy. Very intense. From the opening play to the final play, he's going to give you everything he's got. And that's very similar to Wes and Scott."

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Fleming, who is also a four-time CFL All-Star, previously played here in 1998 and '99.

Lysack is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound Winnipeg lad who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons. As a rookie, he grasped the Calgary secondary so quickly that he became its quarterback, running coverage checks and making the calls.

"He's physical; he's got good speed; he's made a lot of plays," Daley said. "He leads the Stamps in interceptions (four)."

Regimbald is a 6-foot-3, 246-pound Montreal native.

"He's a very physical, intense man," Daley said. "He is a fighter, he's tough as nails. He'll block very well. He runs great pass routes out of the backfield. He has good mobility for a man his size and has great hands."

And the Bombers get three starters for two players that did not even dress for their last match.


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