Agreement with Arena League in works

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

It looks like Ron Warner's and Ryan Dinwiddie's days in the Arena Football League are numbered.

Both players are entering their option year with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but they signed with AFL teams last month and reported to their respective training camps last week.

However, Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday that CFL and AFL officials are close to an agreement that will force both leagues to honour the other's contracts.

"I think they'll come to some sort of a resolution here shortly," Bauer said. "According to what I understand, it will work for both (leagues)."

It's expected an announcement could come as early as tomorrow. And that means Warner, a defensive tackle with the San Jose SaberCats, and Dinwiddie, a quarterback with the Arizona Rattlers, will be under contract to only the Bombers this season.

"I would say there's a good possibility that will happen," Bauer said.

Dinwiddie is more likely to actually come back to the Bombers, since his move to the AFL was apparently a misunderstanding.

It's believed Warner joined the SaberCats after contract renegotiations with the Bombers broke down, so he might be a little more reluctant to return.

THE CFL RULES: Bombers head coach Doug Berry sat in on the annual rules committee meeting yesterday at the CFL Congress in Montreal.

The hot topic this year is special teams blocking rules, which were quite strict last year and resulted in only three return touchdowns. Berry said he wouldn't mind seeing the rules go back to the way they were before 2006.

"It may be that it gets reverted to that," Berry said yesterday. "I probably would be in favour of that. But I'm not going to stand on the table and insist on it."

LATE HITS: The CFL Players' Association announced its 2006 all-star team yesterday, and three Bombers -- SB Milt Stegall, DT Doug Brown and LB Barrin Simpson -- made the cut. Noticeably absent was Bombers running back Charles Roberts, who won the rushing title. Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds got the nod instead ... The Edmonton Eskimos acquired DB Jason Goss from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats yesterday.


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