Trade could trickle down to Bombers

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Tuesday's CFL trade could start a domino effect in Bomberville.

When the Edmonton Eskimos sent offensive lineman Dan Comiskey to Hamilton for defensive end Joe Montford, it reportedly made either veteran centre Carl Coulter or guard Tim Bakker expendable. And guess who has been in the market for a proven centre since Moe Elewonibi signed with B.C. as a free agent?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a wealth of experienced import linebackers coming to training camp, an area where Hamilton could use some help. They could send one to the Ticats for an O-lineman and even throw in Elfrid Payton's telephone number since Winnipeg has put the defensive end's return on hold. Not only did Hamilton deal one of the CFL's all-time sack leaders (124), it lost defensive end Tim Cheatwood, who led the league in sacks last season (14), to the NFL.

Bomber GM Brendan Taman, who had said he wished he had known Comiskey was available, could not be reached for comment.

FAMILY FIRST: Comiskey reportedly asked for to be dealt closer to his Windsor, Ont., home because his wife gave birth to twin girls three months prematurely in January and all three remain in a London, Ont., hospital.

"Football is the most important thing in the world except for everyone who lives under your roof," Comiskey told the Edmonton Journal. "The people who have family -- the fathers who have daughters -- understand that."

Comiskey, 32, even considered retirement briefly.

Coincidentally, Montford's wife is also due to give birth.

Both Montford and Hamilton GM Ron Lancaster Sr. admitted they bickered over re-negotiating Montford's pact as he is heading into his option year. Lancaster figures he got a proven veteran who had already signed a three-year contract for a player who was likely going to leave at the end of the season with no compensation.

MORE HELP: The Bombers added yet another secondary prospect yesterday. The club announced the signing of import cornerback Maurice Tucker, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound South Florida product who attended the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals camp last year.

"He's a very good cover guy who is athletic and very physical, and a good, solid player," Taman said in a release.

Tucker, 25, will be in a dogfight for a starting job in what had been a weak air defence.

HASHMARKS: Montreal has extended receiver Kwame Cavil's contract ... Saskatchewan is reportedly selling $250 shares as part of a seven-year plan to raise $9 million to upgrade city-owned Taylor Field.


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