Call it safety in numbers.
Although the Blue Bombers would not confirm it yesterday, both Ottawa newspapers have reported that non-import safety Shawn Gallant is Winnipeg-bound.
"Um, well, that's good," Bomber head coach Jim Daley responded carefully. "I'm not going to comment on any player, whether he's been contacted or not, until it's (contract) been finalized."
But Daley did add a teaser.
"There were a few areas that we wanted to address and one of them was receiver," Daley said. "And we have addressed that area. The other area we wanted to pay a lot of attention to was the secondary and you will see, by those we have signed in the next week or so, that we have addressed that area as well."
And one of those appears to be Gallant, a free agent who was an original Renegade.
"Let's just say I'm not taking a pay cut, and I would have had to in Ottawa," Gallant told the Ottawa Citizen. "Ottawa wanted to make (the contract) incentive-laden, and I would have had to start to make those incentives."
Gallant, 28, is unlikely to start in Winnipeg, either, as the Bombers acquired safety Wes Lysack in the deal that sent quarterback Khari Jones to Calgary last season. The Bombers also re-signed safety John Sullivan, who was in camp last year. But at least, they are Canadians. In Ottawa, Gallant would have been playing behind Kyries Hiebert, an import.
"I'm going against a Canadian (in Winnipeg), and in Ottawa, I'd have to go against an American," Gallant said. "I didn't like that scenario."
Bomber GM Brendan Taman, who is scouting NFL Europe players in Tampa, Fla., did not return messages.
Although the Bombers have already signed a number of free agents, they will continue to pursue them right up until the start of training camp, Daley said.
Linebacker Ryland Wickman is expected to re-sign while the Bombers have also been negotiating with non-import defensive lineman Jon Oosterhuis, Canadian offensive lineman Cory Annett and import defensive backs Tim Carter and Markese Fitzgerald.