Blue set Onterrio deadline

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

The Onterrio Smith situation will be decided by Friday.

That will leave one fewer question for Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman to answer before training camp unofficially fires up next Wednesday.

Taman spoke again yesterday with the agent for Smith, who is currently on the NFL's suspended list, but he said both sides are still gathering information about the other.

Regardless, Taman wants to know by Friday if Smith is going to sign with the Bombers or wait in an attempt to hook up with another NFL squad this fall.

Smith's decision, in effect, could resolve another uncertainty heading into camp. Current Bombers running back Charles Roberts is upset that the Bombers are even talking to Smith, and he told the Sun last week that he wants to be traded because of it.

Taman laughed it off as just Charles being Charles, but that doesn't mean he isn't concerned.

NOT CALLING ANYMORE

"I am," said Taman. "I don't mean to sound like I'm not, but it's hard to communicate with somebody when they don't return your phone calls. I guess he doesn't think it's a big deal then, right?

"I will presume (it's not a big deal) until I hear differently, but I'm not calling him anymore."

Another unresolved issue is the Kyries Hebert affair. The Bombers claimed the former Ottawa Renegades linebacker off waivers on April 19, but Hebert is currently appealing that claim with the CFL Players' Association.

"That's not helping things, because the closer we get to camp, the more time I need to smooth things over (with Hebert)," said Taman, who believes firmly that the linebacker is Bomber property.

"Not that I need to smooth things over, but obviously I do, because his world has been turned upside down."

Other question marks include the status of quarterback Tee Martin and the health of offensive lineman Dan Gyetvai. Martin finally contacted Taman last week, but the GM didn't get the information he wanted.

"He said that he'd heard that I hadn't been able to get ahold of him. That was true ... and that was it," said Taman.

"He didn't say he was coming or he didn't say he was showing up or any of that."

USUAL HEADACHES

Taman said these are the usual headaches he faces at time of year, and he said it's no worse than normal.

Taman has six roster spots to fill before next Wednesday, when first-year Bombers will be expected at Canad Inns Stadium for a three-day session before main camp opens on Saturday.

LATE HITS: Taman spoke with the agent for kicker Duncan O'Mahony last night. O'Mahony, released last week by the B.C. Lions, is expected to sign in either Winnipeg, Saskatchewan or Hamilton ... Speaking of kickers, former Bomber P Jon Ryan had a decent first minicamp with the NFL Green Bay Packers over the weekend, but he didn't knock anyone's socks off. "(Incumbent) B.J. Sander consistently showed more hang time than Ryan and had fewer shanks over the weekend, though Ryan showed more power and perhaps a better ability to kick deep directionally," wrote Pete Dougherty of PackerNews.com.


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