Taman's vision still includes Cavil

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

So now that Chris Brazzell is back, what's going to happen to Kwame Cavil?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had to choose between Brazzell and Cavil down the stretch and in the playoffs last season because they played the same position. Therefore, many believed only one of the free-agent slotbacks would re-sign with the club this year.

However, Bombers GM Brendan Taman is still talking to Cavil and hopes to have him under contract when the team opens camp in May, although it appears Cavil will test the market when he becomes a free agent on Feb. 15.

"When we went and played that playoff game in Toronto, we had a decision to make between Chris and Kwame, and we chose Chris," Taman said. "Now, that doesn't mean I don't want Kwame back, because I'm trying to do that. But there's only so many guys we can play, too, and we'll make those decisions in camp.

"I still foresee Kwame having a decent chance to be in our camp and signed, but his agent wants to wait and see what his options are, which is understandable."

FREEDOM AHEAD? The Bombers have five starters from 2006 who could still become free agents on Feb. 15, but only one -- OL Mike Abou-Mechrek -- is guaranteed to test the market.

Taman is negotiating with LB Ike Charlton, DB Anthony Malbrough, CB Stanford Samuels and K/P Troy Westwood, and he would love to ink them before they make it to free agency.

As for backups, QB Brad Banks and FB Scott Regimbald will wait to test the market, while DT Dante Booker, SB Quentin McCord, OL Marc Parenteau and S John Sullivan are likely to explore their options as well.

S Shawn Gallant, LB Ron Ockimey and RB Henri Childs, meanwhile, are all but out of the picture. Childs is going to either the Arena Football League or another CFL team since he is unlikely to unseat Charles Roberts as Winnipeg's No. 1 tailback any time soon.

WATCHING, WAITING: Speaking of the Arena Football League, Taman is waiting with baited breath to see if two of his players under contract -- backup QB Ryan Dinwiddie and DT Ron Warner -- report to AFL training camps this week.

Dinwiddie and Warner both signed AFL deals in the past month despite being under contract to the Bombers, and Taman fears both players will be gone for good unless the AFL and CFL come to an understanding soon about respecting each other's contracts.

"If those guys report tomorrow, for example, and there's no agreement established or formulated, I don't know how all of a sudden you kick them out of camp," Taman said.

It's believed Dinwiddie's signing with the Arizona Rattlers was a misunderstanding and Warner's deal with the San Jose SabreCats was a deliberate act after contract negotiations with the Bombers broke down.

LATE HITS: The Bombers officially released LB Donnavan Carter and SB Andrae Thurman yesterday. Carter signed with the Montreal Alouettes yesterday ... The CFL's 2007 schedule hasn't been released yet, but a CFL source said the Bombers will play four games against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (two home, two away) and three against both the Montreal Alouettes (two home) and Toronto Argonauts (two away). Their exhibition schedule will consist of a home game against the Argos and a road game against the Ticats, and they will start the regular season with two games against both the Edmonton Eskimos and Alouettes.


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