Blue bring in big name

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman, seen here with star Milt Stegall last month, signed two...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman, seen here with star Milt Stegall last month, signed two more players yesterday. (Sun Media File/Marcel Cretain)

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Apparently, Brendan Taman doesn't like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers equipment manager.

That's because the general manager made life a little tougher for the man responsible for putting names on the backs of jerseys yesterday with the signing of import defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha.

"I signed him because of Brad Fotty, to see if he could fit his name on the back," Taman said with a chuckle yesterday.

The Bombers also signed import receiver Kerry Johnson yesterday. It's pronounced exactly as it sounds.

"They're both tough," Taman said. "They're not your 5-foot-9 kids. They're bigger guys with ability to play."

The pronunciation for Onyenegecha that the Bombers supplied yesterday was CHEE-JOE-KAY O-YENA-GECHA. Regardless, play-by-play men across the country are going to have to do some serious pre-game tongue exercises if Onyenegecha, 24, cracks the lineup.

And Taman said that's a possibility, considering Onyenegecha is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound cornerback who starred during his two seasons with the renowned University of Oklahoma Sooners program.

"He's not Juran Bolden, but he's got that physique -- just with a harder name to pronounce," Taman said.

Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 202-pound receiver who attended Atlanta Falcons camp in 2005 but injured his knee. The 25-year-old out of Ole Miss will take a stab at the Bombers fourth import receiver spot.

"(Coach) Doug (Berry) likes the big receivers, and he's a tough kid," Taman said.

THE BIG REVEAL: A Winnipeg Football Club subcommittee, led by chairman Ken Hildahl, will find out today who is interested in redeveloping the Canad Inns Stadium site, which could also go a long way in determining whether the Bombers are privately or community owned.

The committee will meet with the local office of BDO Dunwoody Corporate Finance, which accepted expressions of interest for redevelopment on behalf of the club.

Aside from David Asper's already-public, $145-million proposal, it's believed Canad Inns Corporation will also make a pitch. Hildahl also clarified that a third private/public venture involving the Bombers and a real estate developer isn't an actual proposal but will always be an option.

LATE HITS: Former Bombers defensive back Ricky Bell signed with the Edmonton Eskimos yesterday. He was released by the Montreal Alouettes last month ... Former Bombers wide receiver Robert Gordon has signed with the Florida Firecats of the Arena Football League 2.


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