Import O-linemen blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

Ron Del Duca may no longer be in a position of power, but that doesn't mean he's stopped swinging.

Del Duca is the agent for Winnipeg Blue Bombers import offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, and he has been trying to negotiate a contract extension for his client, who is entering his option year.

However, Bomber GM Brendan Taman said the Goodspeed situation changed "drastically" on Wednesday, when Winnipeg selected non-import O-linemen Obby Khan and Val St. Germain in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft.

Now, the Bombers might not even need Goodspeed if they can field an all-Canadian O-line. The same goes for fellow import hogs Jermese Jones, John Feugill and Ryan Bachman.

Taman said he and head coach Doug Berry will determine soon how many O-linemen they're going to keep. Whomever they deem expendable likely will be put on the trading block.

It's believed two -- or even three -- of Winnipeg's four import O-linemen currently under contract won't be with the team when the season begins June 16 in Montreal.

Taman said his $75,000 offer to Goodspeed -- a raise of about $15,000 -- is still on the table, but it might not be for long.

"That offer was made in January, and they didn't take it," said Taman, "so we'll go back to square one and see where he fits in now with the other guys we've just picked."

Del Duca, of course, feels Goodspeed is more valuable than the Bombers think he is. He let that be known yesterday when discussing the fact that Winnipeg had picked Khan and St. Germain in the dispersal draft.

"Do those guys have Super Bowl rings or have played in the NFL (like Goodspeed)? Probably not, I would imagine," Del Duca asked from Virginia Beach, Va.

"... (Taman) will call me, or they'll let him go, or they'll do something. They're the employer, so they have the right to do whatever. If not, I guess they'll maybe go with Mr. Slappy from Ottawa, I don't know.

"I don't know the guys from Ottawa. I can't figure they're any better than Dan."

An exasperated Taman -- "It's another case of people not understanding the ratio," he said -- is no longer in a hurry to call Del Duca, but he plans to do so next week.

"When guys wait and want to wait for whatever reasons, that's the risk we run and they run," said Taman. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose."

EXTRA POINT: Renegades who weren't picked in the dispersal draft are currently on waivers and won't become free agents until Wednesday at 3 p.m. One such player is LB Kyries Hebert, whom the Bombers are interested in signing.


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