An unexpected addition

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

A veteran CFL receiver unexpectedly became available and will now be heading to Winnipeg.

The Blue Bombers have signed former Montreal Alouettes receiver Terence Edwards, the club announced yesterday.

"It was a confusing situation with him and the Arena (Football) League and some miscommunication with Montreal," Bombers GM Brendan Taman explained. "They (Als) had cut him but he wanted to go back. The situation never got rectified and we'd been talking to him for some time.

"Obviously, (Bomber head coach) Doug (Berry) knows him from Montreal and we felt he was worth a look. He is also familiar with the kind of offence we run here."

33 PASSES

The 6-foot, 171-pound import caught 33 passes for 393 yards and one touchdown for Montreal last season.

Although Montreal's Robert Edwards is his brother, the Als running back will not be following him to Winnipeg, Taman said.

BELL MENDING: Taman, by the way, has not given up on RB Graeme Bell, who is still recovering from being attacked with a baseball bat in Saskatoon. Bell will get an update on his condition on June 4 so he will not be in town for the start of training camp.

"I don't know the whole situation," Taman said. "I know he's making progress. His headaches have subsided and I think he's coming along ... It's unrealistic to have him come to camp initially. Will he play? There's still a chance he can play from what I know.

"We'll know a lot more on June 4th. He's hoping at some point to play. I'm sure he's eager to. He's a smart kid so I don't think he wants to jeopardize anything (by coming back too soon). But he is optimistic that he will try to play at some point this year."

SUDS DEAL: The Bombers announced a new three-year sponsorship agreement with Labatt Breweries yesterday. The deal gives Labatt exclusive pouring rights at Canad Inns Stadium and all football club events. It also continues the association between Labatt's and the club's cheerleading squad, the Labatt Lightning Dance Team.

However, Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer declined to disclose what the deal is worth to the community-operated club.

"Labatt has been and will continue to be one of the major, major corporate partners with the Blue Bombers," Bauer said. "It's a major, major deal. It's a very lucrative deal for our football team and it's a great partnership and a great relationship."

The announcement comes on the heels of the Bombers admitting that they may ban beer and other alcohol from the locker-room.

"I don't think there's anything ironic about it," Bauer said. "Labatt, as you know, is a proponent and supporter of responsible consumption and if that's the way the direction the club is going -- there's liability issues and things along those lines -- I think it's important that it goes hand-in-hand with what we're talking about out as a club."

CUP DUCATS: The 2007 Grey Cup Festival Committee announced that, but for a few obstructed single seats, the upper bowl of the Rogers Centre has already been sold out for this year's Grey Cup game in Toronto.


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