Happy to be Blue

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Davin Bush doesn't know what kind of problem his buddy Stanford Samuels had with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He just knows the team is pretty good and the money better. That's why Bush left the security of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he'd been six years, to sign a six-figure, free-agent deal with the Bombers.

"I paid my dues," Bush said yesterday from his home in Miami. "I just wanted to earn the money I was worth. Change might be better for me. I just want to get to the championship and win. It's all about winning."

Bush's signing, reported in the Sun on the weekend, was officially announced yesterday, just days after Samuels, his friend and fellow defensive back, blasted Bomber GM Brendan Taman for negotiating in bad faith.

Bush says he spoke with Samuels before signing with the Bombers, but didn't get any bad vibes.

"He had nothing but good things to say about Winnipeg," Bush said. "He never really talked about his contract. It went good for me."

Samuels ended up in Edmonton, but not before blasting Taman for his tactics, accusing the Bomber GM of sending him a contract with different terms than they'd verbally agreed to.

Taman is making no apologies for the way he dealt with Samuels.

"I'd do it exactly the same way," he said.

With 15 career interceptions, including a career-high five last season, Bush, 29, immediately becomes one of Winnipeg's top ball hawks.

"Everybody keeps saying, 'Well, you had to settle for Bush.' I don't think so," Taman said. "I got Bush. He's coming from such a good secondary. He's been really consistent."

Except, perhaps, for one game a few years back in which he was burned a few times by Milt Stegall.

Of course, Bush isn't the first defensive back to have trouble covering the Bomber star.

Reminded yesterday he won't have to face Stegall anymore, Bush just chuckled.

"I'll have to go against him in practice," he said.


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