Fair offer, but still testing NFL waters

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

It won't take a Brinks truck to make Gavin Walls happy, after all.

In fact, the Blue Bomber defensive end, poised to be named the CFL's top rookie tomorrow, is close to an agreement on a new contract with the Bombers, should his NFL aspirations not pan out.

"I think we have a true understanding," Raymond Savage, Walls' agent, told the Sun yesterday. "Their initial offer was a fair offer. If Gavin didn't want to see what's out there, the deal would be in place already."

Savage said the contract was "approaching six figures," suggesting Walls could nearly double his salary as a rookie, believed to be between $40,000 and $50,000.

The tentative deal includes a hefty signing bonus, a bump in salary and incentives for things like sacks and individual awards.

First, though, Savage will shop his client around the NFL, as Walls is entering the option year of his CFL deal.

But Savage says he wants more than just an invitation to a training camp.

"If they don't give us the warm and fuzzies," Savage said. "We don't have a problem playing in Winnipeg. If there's no cash involved, a decent amount of cash, we're not going."


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