Talk about a Wynn-win situation.
Spurgon Wynn figures he will have a better chance to hit the field in Winnipeg than if he had stayed in B.C., battling behind Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers. And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers added some much-needed depth to their quarterbacking corps.
The Bombers acquired Wynn from the B.C. Lions yesterday for a conditional 2006 CFL draft pick, dependent on how much he does play.
"With two MVP guys (Dickenson and Printers), it's hard to make a name for yourself," Wynn said yesterday from Houston, Texas, where he works in real estate. "Those guys are my buddies but with two good quarterbacks, it's pretty hard to play.
"I feel good about (the trade). Anytime you move forward, you move in a positive direction.
Wynn, 26, led NFL Europe in passing in 2001 when he completed 193 of 337 passes for 2,041 yards and 14 touchdowns while scrambling for another 110 yards. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Southwest Texas State grad also started three NFL games -- two with Minnesota and one with Cleveland.
"I've always been very interested in Spurgon," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley, who negotiated the deal with Lion head coach/GM Wally Buono. "He's very athletic, very strong and an accurate passer. His aptitude tests given to him by the NFL were outstanding. He's at top of the grade there.
"He's learned a lot in five years, and he's learned our game. To have a quarterback with his potential -- who has already made the transition to the CFL -- is a real bonus."
Wynn is already familiar with Tee Martin, as he was drafted the same year, and Kevin Glenn and will likely battle Stanley Jackson for the No. 3 spot.
But Glenn will still be No. 1 when the season starts, Daley insisted.
"A pro football team has to know, coming into camp, who their starter is," he said. "Otherwise, you have confusion in the locker-room and confusion in the community. Kevin Glenn is our starter. I do not want Kevin Glenn looking over his shoulder, afraid that if he makes a mistake, he loses his job. I'm adamant about that.
"If, over time, that would change, the next man would get the same support. If you don't have a clear picture as to who your starter is, you have a divided locker-room. Our starter is Kevin Glenn and our quarterbacks -- including Spurgon -- understand that."
NOTABLE: The Bombers are expected to announce the signing of former Lion LB Ron Ockimey soon.