Blue add 'winner'

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

Kwame Cavil has been to three Grey Cup championships in the last four years, winning two rings.

Now, the import wide receiver is a Blue Bomber and will join such former Montreal teammates as Kelly Malveaux and Aaron Fiacconi in Winnipeg.

"They're winners and they've just added another winner," Cavil said from Hamilton yesterday.

The Bombers acquired Cavil from the Tiger-Cats for a third-round pick in next year's Canadian college draft.

Although he was a member of Edmonton's Grey Cup champs last year, Cavil never did get regular playing time after recovering from arthroscopic surgery and he has been in and out of the Hamilton line-up this season.

"I didn't fit in in Edmonton and I didn't fit in in Montreal," said the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Texas product, who also earned a Cup ring with Montreal, where he worked under current Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry.

Cavil, 27, now moves from a 2-7 team that was seldom playing him to a 5-4 squad that plans to play him in its very next CFL game.

"That's the beauty of it," said Cavil. "But it is kind of bittersweet. I was sad because you get a relationship with the guys on the team and we all sweated and bled together. We were working hard trying to accomplish something.

"But Winnipeg came out with guns a-blazing and coach Berry being there is a blessing-in-disguise. Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good. And the Grey Cup's there this year."

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Under Berry's tutelage, Cavil enjoyed his only 1,000-yard season receiving as he caught 78 passes for 1,091 yards for Montreal in 2004.

"He's a bigger guy, a physical guy," Berry said. "He runs decent routes, has good speed and has real good size. He understands what we want to do. He knows how to be deceptive with his motions and his waggles, the way he approaches the line of scrimmage, would know the landmarks of our passing game and the right angles to release at."

Berry figures both Edmonton and Hamilton were trying to use Cavil outside when he is more comfortable at slotback. Cavil's arrival means at last one import receiver will be released, Berry confirmed.

The Bombers, by the way, would have acquired Cavil regardless of the uncertainty surrounding receiver Robert Baker, GM Brendan Taman said.


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