Walls signs three-year extension

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

Gavin Walls is back in Blue and Gold for at least two more seasons.

Anyone who wants to follow him into battle is welcome to join him.

That's the message the sophomore CFL defensive end was sending yesterday after signing a three-year contract extension, including an option, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 26-year-old import was the CFL's rookie of the year in 2005 and, after an unsuccessful bid to hook up with an NFL team, is back to wreak more havoc north of the border.

"I don't want to think about rookie of the year last year," Walls said yesterday from Arkansas. "It's a whole new year. All that's in the past. It's in the books. I'm ready to build off that."

Walls said he would need a raise to return to the Bombers after recording 12 sacks, 40 tackles, four pass knockdowns and five tackles for a loss last season.

He certainly got it, as it's believed he will earn $75,000 this season.

"I'm going to come in there the same way I came in last year," said Walls, who also scored two touchdowns last season -- in the same game. "I'm going to leave it up to my peers to come to my level, because I'm going to set an example for somebody to rise to the occasion."

Last year was memorable for Walls individually, but that was hardly the case from a team perspective. The Bombers missed the playoffs with a 5-13 record, and the defence allowed the most yards in CFL history.

In fact, Walls will have some competition in training camp this year, because newly signed end Ron Warner said earlier this week that he could see himself being paired with Tom Canada on the ends of the defensive line.

Walls hadn't heard about Warner's signing, but he didn't seem too worried about it, either.

"I'm not concerned about it," Walls said. "The other guys need to be concerned about it."

Despite losing the Richard Karikari sweepstakes, Bombers GM Brendan Taman entered the weekend with a smile on his face.

"It's been a great week," Taman said. "Warner, Walls ... it's encouraging."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Montreal Alouettes have signed QB Marcus Brady, formerly of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, to a three-year contract that includes an option ... Non-import OL Bobby Singh has reportedly drawn a line in the sand in his contract talks with the B.C. Lions, and his agent told The Province that his Canadian client might be ready to move ... It doesn't sound like free-agent WR Elijah Thurmon will be joining the Bombers any time soon. "We're not on the same radar as their camp," Taman said. "Their expectations are quite high."


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