Blue GM begins looking ahead to off-season moves

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

There are a handful of Winnipeg Blue Bombers who could be playing their final two games in Blue and Gold over the next two weeks.

That's because they are playing out their option years and will be free agents in February if they don't re-sign with the club before then.

The notables are KR-SB Keith Stokes, DE Tom Canada, SB Jamie Stoddard and WR Gilles Colon. P Jon Ryan also will be a free agent, but he is expected to test the NFL waters.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman said he talked contract with Stokes' agent back in the spring and will do so once again "near the end of the season."

Taman has also spoken briefly with Colon's agent, but he hasn't done much with Stoddard's or Canada's representatives.

Canada has never been through the process before, so he has no idea what to expect.

"I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen," he said. "I'm not one of those guys looking for a million bucks. I just want what's fair."

Other potential free agents include FB Wade Miller, LB Lamar McGriggs, OL Jermese Jones and LB Neil McKinlay.

STICKING IT OUT: Believe it or not, Ike Charlton didn't run screaming from Canad Inns Stadium on Sunday night.

You'd think he might have after watching Toronto Argonauts quarterback Damon Allen slice up the Bomber defence for 484 yards.

Charlton, a defensive back whom the Bombers signed just last week, will make his CFL debut Saturday night at B.C. Place in Vancouver when the Bombers (5-11) take on the Lions (11-4).

The 28-year-old halfback will take over for the injured Anthony Malbrough, and the former NFLer is confident he can get the job done.

"I always was taught that it does no good to be (in position)," he said. "Make the play."

Charlton said breakdowns in the secondary, like the ones that took place Sunday, are going to happen, especially on the wider CFL field.

His goal is to ensure those breakdowns aren't game breakers.

"When it's there, you gotta thrive in those moments to make that play, because that's how you earn your cheque," said Charlton, who has 54 games of NFL experience.

"I'm ready. (The CFL game) is different, but I got a chance to see it and I'm a film watcher. I'm going to watch B.C."

LATE HITS: The CFL trade deadline is today at 10:59 p.m. Taman said last night that things were very quiet on the Bomber front ... The Lions, who have lost four games in a row after winning their first 11, yesterday acquired DB James Whitley from the Montreal Alouettes for a draft pick ... Bombers WR Chris Brazzell (leg) could be on the field today when the team returns to practice. If Brazzell is healthy enough to play Saturday, Bombers head coach Jim Daley said he will have to figure out a way to keep WR Darnell McDonald on the roster as well.


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