O-lineman in limbo

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Dan Goodspeed's agent are at least talking now, but there has been no movement in their contract extension talks.

Goodspeed's agent, Ron Del Duca, e-mailed the Sun last month to voice his displeasure about Bomber GM Brendan Taman not returning his calls.

Taman said they had been communicating via e-mail, but Del Duca went so far as to say that his client would ask for a trade or not report to camp if something didn't get done.

Goodspeed, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound left tackle who's entering his option year with the Bombers, didn't sound as feisty as his agent when contacted earlier this week.

"We're kind of locked in limbo right now, and it's frustrating for me, because I just want to get going and win," Goodspeed said from his home in Tampa, Fla.

Taman said he will contact Del Duca next week, but it doesn't sound like the GM's offer of $75,000 is about to change.

"I'm going to talk to Del Duca probably next week, although I don't really need to or have to, but I probably will just to make sure (Goodspeed) is gonna play," Taman said yesterday from Nevada.

"... (Del Duca) has made his point known that he wants this, this and this, and I've made my point known again that that was my offer in January and still is today."

Goodspeed might want to take what he can get, considering the mess surrounding the Ottawa Renegades. If the Renegades fold, the Bombers could go after non-import offensive linemen in the dispersal draft.

SCHEDULE FLAWS: The Renegades schmozzle already has forced the CFL to make some changes to its schedule.

The board of governors' annual general meeting was supposed to be held in Winnipeg next Thursday, but that's off for the time being.

"It will have to be rescheduled," Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday. "You have to have an annual general meeting at some point in time, but obviously the circumstances dictate that there's another priority."

The league also was supposed to begin its annual round of conference calls with each of the nine franchises yesterday, but that has been put on hold as well.

The Bombers, meanwhile, are waiting to see if their flights and hotel arrangements for the upcoming season -- which already have been booked -- will need to be changed.

The CFL said a decision on the Renegades will be made by mid-month, which is next Friday.

LATE HITS: Taman was in northern California and Reno, Nev., this week on a scouting mission, during which he scoped out receivers and kickers. "It was more of a fact-finding mission than anything," Taman said. "I'm hoping maybe to sign a couple guys out of it." ... Taman has spoken with the agent for RB Jonas Lewis, who was recently released by the Montreal Alouettes, and will do so again next week ... WR Gilles Colon is the lone remaining Bomber free agent. When contacted earlier this week, however, he refused comment.


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