Cavil just wants playing time

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Most free agents want more money.

Kwame Cavil just wants more playing time.

Despite making seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers benched Cavil for the last two regular-season games and their playoff loss to Toronto on Sunday.

He was essentially a victim of the CFL ratio. The Bombers could start either Cavil or Chris Brazzell at slotback, and they picked Brazzell.

It was a good move by the Bombers, as Brazzell had a touchdown catch in all three games, but Cavil won't come back under the same arrangement.

"I'd love to come back here," Cavil said. "I'm comfortable here, but it takes more than just wanting to come back here to get me here. I didn't play in the playoffs, so evidently they weren't comfortable with something.

"Until they square that issue away with me, there isn't too much I can do. I got a family to feed. But I like it here."

Cavil and Brazzell are both slated to become free agents in February. Cavil, however, makes about $35,000 less than Brazzell's $125,000 annual salary, so he might be a better financial fit.

"I got no reason not to come back here, but everybody's got families," Cavil said. "I can't be sitting out no playoff games no more. I can't sit out any games no more, I'm sorry."

KICKING AROUND? Troy Westwood had a tough day punting in Sunday's East Division semifinal loss to Toronto. He averaged 40.4 yards, but he had a few dead ducks.

"I wanted, going into the game, to get every punt out of bounds," Westwood said earlier this week. "I struggled a little bit, without question, doing that."

The Manitoba native, who is slated to become a free agent in February and will turn 40 in March, wants to keep wearing Blue and Gold. He's never played anywhere else during his 16-year career and isn't sure if he can see himself signing with another team.

"That's not something I've really had to consider too seriously in the past," he said. "I'm not exactly sure where I stand on the situation, if it were to come to that.

"... I feel like my leg's as strong as anyone's in the league still, or that I can hold my own against anyone. If I were to ever lose my power, my ability to hammer one when I needed to, I wouldn't play anymore."

Westwood made only 32 of 43 field goal attempts (74%) during the regular season and playoffs, and admits he has to be better in that department. Meanwhile, he averaged 42.9 yards on 113 punts during the regular season.

"I learned a lot through the course of the year," he said. "By the last third of the year I had a much better grasp playing the sidelines, that sort of thing.

"I think I held my own in punting. I don't think I hurt the team."


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