Blue going after O'Mahony

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are interested in acquiring Duncan O'Mahony's leg.

The B.C. Lions released the five-year CFL punter yesterday, and Bomber GM Brendan Taman wasted no time in speaking with his agent last night.

"I've always liked Duncan as a punter," said Taman, "but that doesn't mean Troy's not going to be the punter."

That's Troy, as in Westwood, the Bomber placekicker who could be poised to assume the punting duties this season following the departure of Jon Ryan to the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

Westwood has been the Bombers' full-time punter only once during his 15-year career, and that was in 2003, when he averaged 41.6 yards. O'Mahony, who at 29 is nine years younger than Westwood, has a 42.6-yard average during his career with the Lions and Calgary Stampeders.

O'Mahony became expendable in B.C. after the Lions signed Paul McCallum away from the Saskatchewan Roughriders earlier this off-season.

Taman was going to bring in a kicker to challenge Westwood anyway, so he figures why not go after an established veteran.

It's believed Saskatchewan and Hamilton are other possible destinations for O'Mahony.

The Lions also released former Bomber offensive lineman Moe Elewonibi yesterday.

BRENDAN CARES: Bomber RB Charles Roberts accused Taman of not caring about players during his conversation with the Sun on Tuesday.

"As you see with Kyries Hebert, Brendan doesn't really care how a player feels," said Roberts.

Hebert is currently trying to get out of his contract with the Bombers in an effort to sign with an NFL team.

Taman sounded a little hurt that Roberts would attack him personally.

"We've helped Charles quite a bit in a lot of areas," he said. "I do care about players. I like Charlie.

"Shoot, one of my biggest things in my career is that I've been able to bring him into the league. So, yeah, of course I care about him."

LATE HIT: Taman said free agent WR Gilles Colon likely won't be healthy enough to participate in training camp, so that situation remains up in the air.


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