Blue not talking trade

Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman might be interested in acquiring a new...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman might be interested in acquiring a new quarterback. (Winnipeg Sun File/Marcel Cretain)

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

For the record, Brendan Taman hasn't picked up the phone to call Montreal Alouettes head coach and general manager Jim Popp and see if quarterback Anthony Calvillo is available in a trade.

And if he does inquire about a deal at some point, don't expect Taman to offer up Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting pivot Kevin Glenn and linebacker Barrin Simpson.

"I don't know where this stuff starts, but I know it's not from me or Jim Popp," Taman, the Blue Bombers general manager, said yesterday when asked about the rumoured deal. "I'd be shocked if they'd be offering (Calvillo) in a trade."

Nobody is suggesting Taman wouldn't be interested in Calvillo, perhaps even in a package including Glenn, but the chances of unloading Simpson to get the more experienced pivot seem slim -- considering the Blue Bombers loved what the Minister of Defence brought to the team this year.

VANIER BOUND: Taman will be heading to Saskatoon for the Vanier Cup this weekend to do some scouting.

The match-up features the Saskatchewan Huskies playing on their home field against the Laval Rouge et Or.

"There's a lot on the line and I haven't seen a lot of Laval this year," said Taman, noting the college championship game doesn't affect the draft too much. "It's just an added dimension (of evaluations)."

Manitoba Bisons head coach Brian Dobie will also be in Saskatoon. He's a candidate for CIS coach of the year honours and will assist The Score as a TV analyst as well.

EVEN DOZEN: Although he still can't unveil the names of the individuals who inked or restructured their contracts before Sunday's midnight deadline (where bonuses weren't supposed to count against the salary management system number of $4.05 million), Taman confirmed 12 players (five potential free agents and seven restructured contracts) got new deals.

"My budget is now dwindling. It doesn't matter if the money gets spent in November or February," said Taman, noting some of the Blue Bombers free agents could still re-sign with the team before Feb. 15. "I don't expect (the past deadline) to affect free agency at all. It's just a matter of when guys get paid."

Speaking of Popp, he deserves credit for getting 22 signed to new or restructured deals, including non-import slotback Ben Cahoon -- who was expected to create an exciting bidding war when free agency opened.

B.C. Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono was also busy, getting defensive end Brent Johnson and backup quarterback Buck Pierce, among others, locked up with new deals.


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