Bombers may not be done

JIM BENDER and KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

The vultures have not finished circling over the remains of the Ottawa Renegades yet.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, for example, are pursuing three players passed over in yesterday's dispersal draft -- including import linebacker Kyries Hebert.

In fact, the Bombers contacted Hebert, who is about to become a free agent, last night.

Hebert is facing legal problems in the U.S., and it is unknown whether he will be able to cross the border.

"He says it's down to misdemeanors now," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. "Everybody that wasn't picked wasn't picked for a reason. Some of that was financial, some of it was personal.

"It's obvious Kyries is a very good player but eight teams passed on him for a reason. But you just don't let a guy go away."

The others Winnipeg is believed to be interested in are import linebacker Donnavan Carter and non-import Dave Donaldson, an ex-Bomber.

TEE'S TIME UP? The Bombers picked quarterback Brad Banks (Korey Banks' cousin) in the second round yesterday, due in part to the fact that they can't contact Tee Martin.

"Tee Martin's gone incognito again for the second time in his career, so I'm not sure where he's going with his career," Taman said. "... I'm sensing he doesn't want to be here."

Martin struggled in four appearances last season and didn't feel he got a fair shake from the coaching staff.

Banks, who finished second in 2002 Heisman Trophy balloting to Carson Palmer as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes, is confident after spending the past two seasons as Kerry Joseph's backup.

"I'm coming in to play and be that guy," Banks said from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"But then, I still need to talk to the coaches and see what they're thinking."

There are some CFL talent evaluators who feel Banks is destined for stardom north of the 49th.

The Bombers now have five quarterbacks under contract, including starter Kevin Glenn, Russ Michna and Mike Quinn.

LATE HITS: Yesterday's draft, which was done via conference call, had difficulty getting going. Team representatives had trouble figuring out the phones, and a swear word was heard loud and clear, which got a warning from a league executive ... Calgary had trouble figuring out the mute button in the sixth round. After Stamps GM Jim Barker picked defensive lineman Canary Knight, someone in the background laughed and then asked, 'Why?'


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