Receiver here for long haul?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Most people assumed Derick Armstrong came here for a good time, not a long time.

But the former Saskatchewan receiver, in the NFL the last three years, says he'd like to talk about a long-term contract with the Blue Bombers this off-season.

"Yeah, I would," Armstrong said yesterday. "It'd be great."

Armstrong, 27, joined the Bombers 10 days ago, signing a one-year (plus option) contract that allows him to try the NFL again this winter.

But he says it's not NFL or bust.

"I did what I had to do when I was down there, and got an opportunity to come back up here and play," he said. "Right now I'm just running with it."

In his first game, Armstrong caught seven passes for 70 yards, suggesting the team may have finally found someone to compliment Milt Stegall.

Armstrong isn't calling himself Stegall's heir-apparent, but he doesn't mind the sound of a long CFL career.

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Not everybody buys it.

"I don't think the game is going to determine his career," Bomber running back Charles Roberts said. "That's a good coach over there."

"That's just the media talking," added Stegall. "When you're losing, those things are always going to be said."

Stegall expects the Als to have the same swagger they've always had, despite their six-game losing streak.

"He still thinks he's untouchable and he makes those guys think that way."


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