The Winnipeg Blue Bombers No. 4 receiver position is officially up for grabs.
Import slotback Kwame Cavil returned to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats yesterday, signing a free-agent contract with the club that traded him to Winnipeg last August.
Cavil had seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in two games with the Bombers, but he suffered a broken ankle in his first game and was then relegated to the inactive roster at the end of the season because of CFL ratio rules.
Cavil, who had 1,090 receiving yards with the Montreal Alouettes in 2004, would have been behind receivers Milt Stegall, Derick Armstrong and Chris Brazzell on the Bombers depth chart, so he decided to go for a more prominent role with the Ticats.
Bombers GM Brendan Taman was negotiating with Cavil about a return to Winnipeg, and he was surprised that the Texas native was wanted elsewhere. Cavil has changed teams four times -- three via trade -- in the last 19 months.
THE NEW OC: Bombers head coach Doug Berry will introduce his new offensive co-ordinator, who will also serve as the quarterbacks coach, on Monday.
The new hire doesn't have CFL experience, so Berry will be heavily involved in the offence at the beginning of the season.
"I'm going to be a consultant," Berry said with a laugh. "There's nothing wrong with that, though. The thing is to be able to hire people that are capable of taking it over."
Berry will introduce a new offensive line coach next week as well.
CHATTING WITH IKE: Talks will continue today between Taman and the representative for free-agent linebacker Ike Charlton.
Charlton, who was Winnipeg's starting SAM linebacker in 2006, had wanted at least $100,000 per season, but it's believed he has lowered his demands.
Taman said the team's offer hasn't budged thanks to the new salary management system and that the sides are "narrowing their differences."
LATE HITS: Bombers college draft co-ordinator Bob Dyce, along with Berry and defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall, will travel to Toronto this weekend to take in the CFL's annual evaluation camp. Manitoba Bisons offensive lineman Ryan Karhut and Brandon native Chris Bauman, a Regina Rams receiver, will take part in the camp for CIS and NCAA players ... The Bombers annual fan forum goes tonight at 7 o'clock in the Winnipeg Sun Centre ... Auditions for the Blue Lightning dance team will start Sunday, March 18. Go to bluebombers.com or call Dena Clark at 296-3362 for more information.