New Bomber raring to go

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Call him yet another reclamation project.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the signings of both import linebacker Sean Woodson and Canadian offensive lineman Cory Annett yesterday. Woodson, who played four years for Hamilton, sat out the entire 2004 CFL season.

"Last year, I got a couple of offers but we just couldn't get together on the finances," Woodson said from Jackson, Miss., last night. "And it was late in the game after talking to Hamilton for so long. I was hoping to play again and I actually talked to a couple of teams at the end of the year."

Earlier, the Bombers signed wide receiver Demetrius Breedlove and linebacker Willie Fells, two players who were out of football at the end of last season, too.

"I've had good luck with guys like that," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "They get refreshed and ready to revive their careers."

Guys like defensive end Tom Canada.

"I want to come in with a fresh start because I appreciate the opportunity," said Woodson, who spent the past year working as a financial planner and high school football coach. "I want to prove that I'm still a pretty good football player."

Woodson, 30, recorded 60 tackles, three sacks, three tackles for losses, one interception and one fumble recovery in 14 games for a 1-17 Tiger-Cats team in 2003. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Jackson State product added seven special teams tackles and a blocked punt. He was a CFL all-star in 2001.

"He's a pretty interesting guy and a good, solid player," said Taman, adding that Woodson first called him a month ago. "We are very excited to add a player like Sean to our current core of linebackers as we had evaluated him highly and expect him to add to the depth of our club.

"Woodson brings with him experience and big-play capability."

Ryland Wickman re-signed last week and both veteran linebackers Lamar McGriggs and Mo Kelly are also expected at training camp.

Meanwhile, Annett wanted to return to the fold even before veteran centre Moe Elewonibi signed with B.C. as a free agent.

"I really enjoyed my time in Winnipeg and was hoping that they'd offer me something to come back," Annett, who spent the season as a backup, said from Fort Erie, Ont. "Coach (Jim) Daley has really started something positive there."

Annett, 25, will now get a chance to start at centre.

"That's what I'm working towards," said the 6-foot-3, 308-pound East Michigan product. "Moe's a tough guy to beat out and that's (Elewonibi's departure) going to hurt us in leadership because he just knows so much. I just learned so much from him."

Now he'll get a crack at putting those lessons to use.

"Moe was entrenched there last year," Taman said. "(Annett) has the opportunity to come in and make an impression. He's a tough, hard-nosed, scrappy guy."

GRID BIT: The NFL/CFL Junior Player Development tour will make two of its four stops in Manitoba -- Winnipeg and Brandon -- with the dates to be announced. The sessions offer free introduction to tackle football.


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