Bomber QB can wait for starter's pay

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

Kevin Glenn has been the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback for more than a year.

Unfortunately for him, he's still working with a backup's salary.

Glenn signed a contract extension last July when Khari Jones was still the main man in town, but Jones has been gone for more than a year now, so Glenn can't wait to put his name on a new deal -- and get the bonuses that go along with it.

"When you're a backup, those bonuses, those incentives, like yards and MVP of the league and all that stuff, it would be a waste for you to put that in your contract and bet on that money, because obviously it's going to be hard to reach those kind of things when you're not playing on a consistent basis," Glenn said yesterday.

KEEP HIM HAPPY

Glenn, who is making in the neighbourhood of $90,000 this season, was hoping to get a new deal done in the off-season, but the Bombers weren't in a hurry to re-negotiate. The team's feelings remain the same today.

"We do have him under contract, so it's not as big a concern, but obviously I also want to keep him happy, too," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "But right now that's not at the top of your list when you're 4-10 and trying to revamp some things."

Taman noted that Glenn does have some bonuses in his contract -- like actually playing in games -- which will give a boost to his final 2005 wage.

Glenn, 26, has shown he deserves a six-figure salary.

He is fifth in touchdown passes this season with 20, despite missing four games due to injury, he has the league's fourth-best efficiency rating (92.1), and the rebuilding Bombers are 4-6 in the games he has started and completed.

It should be noted that Glenn didn't come to the media about this story. He's content to finish off the season and get a new deal done going into his option year, which is next season.

"It won't be what you want to call a big deal until the season's over with," Glenn said. "Right now I'm concentrating on winning games, trying to get to the playoffs.

"But that kind of stuff does come up. You have to just wait until the situation presents itself at the right time."

Glenn just wants to be shown the love when it's time to talk turkey.

"A lot of guys use this to say they wanna be somewhere they're wanted," he said. "That's how you want to feel. You don't ever want to be anywhere where you're not wanted, because that makes it an uncomfortable situation.

"You always want to be somewhere where you're wanted, so if I'm wanted in Winnipeg, then I'm happy to be here. So we'll see."


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