Warner ready to report

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Whatever fences were damaged between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and defensive lineman Ron Warner appear to have been mended.

Warner, released by San Jose of the Arena Football League on the weekend, says he'll honour his CFL contract and report to Blue Bomber training camp in the spring.

And the Bombers say they'll welcome him with open arms.

"Everything should be OK. I'm going to honour what I've got," Warner told Sun Media from his home in Houston yesterday. "Because the longer I wait, the more there's going to be a rift between the organization and myself. Which I don't want. I have real good relationships with a lot of the guys I play with. I don't want to be a distraction to them."

Warner is entering the option year of his contract, and the Bombers had been miffed that he disregarded his deal to play in the AFL.

"I didn't think it was going to be a problem, because there's guys in the past that have done it," Warner said. "But I guess it was. I don't want to mess it up for anybody else ... the CFL has treated me great. For a time, my career was over, and it got revived by playing with the Blue Bombers. I'm just happy to get an opportunity to go to camp, show my stuff and get ready for the season."

Bomber assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson spoke with Warner yesterday and came away cautiously optimistic.

"You take people for their word and you see what happens," Hodgkinson said.

Meanwhile, the status of backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie remains up in the air, as he earned a spot with Arizona.

Dinwiddie's and Warner's AFL deals prompted the Bombers to ask CFL officials to intervene, but so far the two leagues haven't come to an agreement to honour each other's contracts.

Warner says San Jose told him the dispute was the reason they cut him.

"They didn't want to be in the situation where if it does go to court they'd be in a situation, mid-season, where I can't play for them anymore," Warner said.

The AFL season starts next weekend.

EX-ALS ON THE RADAR: Of the four players released by Montreal on the weekend, the Bombers are interested in D-lineman Jerome Heywood and receiver Terrence Edwards. Depending on what happens with free agent Ike Charlton, linebacker Duane Butler could draw their attention, too.


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