Bombers pick Als' pocket

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Technically, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers got the best player on CFL draft day.

The Bombers made their second splash in as many days yesterday, acquiring veteran defensive back Kelly Malveaux from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for one of Winnipeg's two sixth-round picks.

The move, which head coach Doug Berry described as a steal, came one day after the Blue and Gold plucked former Ottawa Renegades linebacker Kyries Hebert off waivers.

Eyebrows were raised because the Als gave Malveaux up for just a sixth-round pick, but the Bombers believe he's a huge addition to their defence, which last season was one of the worst in league history.

GM Brendan Taman had been trying for three years to acquire Malveaux, and he double-checked with Bomber slotback Milt Stegall before signing off on the deal yesterday.

"Milt said he can play," said Taman. "That's all I needed to hear."

Coincidentally, Malveaux is infamous among Bomber fans for pulling a Sharpie out and signing a ball, a la Terrell Owens, while covering Stegall during a 2002 game.

Malveaux, 29, was a 2004 East Division all-star for the Alouettes, and he has eight interceptions and 35 pass knockdowns in 87 career games with the Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Malveaux, who is expected to play either halfback or cornerback in Winnipeg, said Bomber fans shouldn't be concerned that he was traded for a sixth-round pick.

"I hope (Montreal's) sixth-round pick is good for them, and I know I'll be a great addition to the Blue Bombers," he said yesterday.

"You don't stay around five years in any league, especially one as credible as the CFL, by any kind of luck or chance."

The Pasadena, Calif., native is also pumped about joining a defence that includes Barrin Simpson and Hebert.

"You can't help but be excited with a guy like Barrin Simpson, who's been all-CFL and is a great ball player," said Malveaux. "Kyries Hebert, he's just a man-child. He's a freak of nature in my book. I had to go against him in special teams, and he is just a beast."

Malveaux is close with Bomber halfback Anthony Malbrough and cornerback William Fields, and he also spent the past two seasons in Montreal with Berry.

"We're elated to get him with a sixth-round draft pick," said Berry.


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