Bombers play waiting game

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

The contract offer has been clarified, and now all Richard Karikari has to do is make a decision.

The free-agent safety's agent, Kenneth Vierra Jr., spoke with Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman yesterday about the specifics of the Winnipeg offer.

Taman believes Karikari, who spent his first three CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, has all the proposals he's going to get.

"My sense is he has an offer from Montreal, yeah," Taman said. "He's obviously got one from us, and I think he's got one from another team (believed to be Ottawa), so he's just in the figuring-out stages of what he wants to do."

When asked if he had a feeling about which way Karikari would go, Taman wouldn't commit.

"We're not out of it. They're very clear with us on that point," Taman said. "But we're definitely not in the driver's seat, either."

SUN, FUN AND FOOTBALL: Taman returned to Winnipeg yesterday after spending the past two weeks in Florida scouting NFL Europe training camp.

As always, it will be some time before the fruits of his Florida labour are realized, if at all.

"There's some guys that are pretty interesting," Taman said. "Whether or not we can get them here is a question of when and what, but yeah, it was decent.

"... Every year it seems like the quality might drop off a little bit, but overall it's still a good vantage point for us to look at people. Because if you're getting all your guys out of free-agent camps, you're in trouble."

Taman said the "three or four" quarterbacks on his negotiation list all made their respective teams and will depart for Europe this week.

HASH MARKS: There are currently six CFL free agents who played with the Bombers last season, and Taman said only one -- S Ryan Folk -- definitely won't be back. OL Jermese Jones has agreed to a deal in principle, while FB Wade Miller, WR Gilles Colon, DB Cedric Dickerson and FB Cory Olynick are still free ... Bombers DE Gavin Walls, last year's CFL rookie of the year, is close to signing a contract extension, Taman said ... The Bombers' new director of football operations, Ross Hodgkinson, is in charge of contract talks with QB Kevin Glenn, who is entering his option year. Taman said those discussions are progressing.


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