Import O-lineman eyes Bombers

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The mountain of a man who used to patrol the left side of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line sounds quite interested in coming back to the Blue and Gold.

Garrick Jones, who was waived by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, said yesterday that Winnipeg is a distinct possibility when it comes to his football future.

"Once I get a chance to talk to (GM) Brendan (Taman) a little bit and kind of see what we can get worked out, and see what we have going on down here, then I'll be able to make a decision," the 27-year-old said yesterday from Atlanta. "But definitely Winnipeg is in the mix.

"If everything's right, I would love to be able to get back up there and get to that Grey Cup."

The 6-foot-5, 323-pound Jones played seven games at left tackle -- and played them well -- for the Bombers in 2002 and spent the last three years trying to play for the NFL's Houston Texans, but he didn't get into any games.

The Bombers lost starting left tackle Dan Goodspeed to a season-ending knee injury on July 15, and his replacement, Jermese Jones, has performed well in his absence.

"Jermese is fine. He's playing quite well," Taman said. "We're not desperate there, but any time you can add a good player, you'd like to be able to do that."

Garrick Jones is travelling back to his hometown of Houston today or tomorrow and will wait about a week to see if any other NFL teams are interested in his services.

If no team bites, he could very well be Winnipeg-bound, because he just wants to play.

"You really can't sit dormant," he said. "You gotta be able to get out there and make some things happen. I'm keeping my options open.

"Winnipeg is where I got my start, and it's very much in the mix."


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