Bombers lose out in bid for Canuck tackle

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a serious push to acquire Canadian offensive lineman Steve Morley, but their bid came up short.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound tackle, who has seven NFL games on his resume, signed yesterday with the Toronto Argonauts.

"We were in the running," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "We have our (financial) limitations, but we gave it a good effort. It didn't quite work out."

It's believed Morley will make $120,000 with the Argos this season.

The Calgary Stampeders drafted Morley with the first overall pick in the 2003 CFL draft, but the Halifax native bolted to the NFL's Green Bay Packers after his first CFL season.

The former St. Mary's Huskies star was dealt to the New York Jets in 2005, and he appeared in seven games that season before getting released at the end of last year's training camp.

He was signed and released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.

OPEN YOUR EYES, REF! The Bombers might have to be patient with the head linesman during Friday's pre-season game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

That's because Matt Dunigan, the former Bomber quarterback and current TSN analyst, will be handling the duties.

According to The Leader-Post, Dunigan attended the CFL's officiating clinic earlier this spring with the hopes of doing a game.

It's a safe bet that Dunigan's officiating experience will be seen on a TSN football telecast near you soon.

TOUGH TURNAROUND: The Bombers are none too pleased about playing their pre-season finale on Friday night in Hamilton.

The game is 24 hours before rosters have to be finalized and six days before their regular-season opener, which is also happens to be on the road.

"I don't like this play time," Berry said. "(The CFL) already knows that. The Bombers never appreciated the fact that we gotta travel to Hamilton, have a short week, and then travel to Edmonton to start the first week and plus have a cut-down meeting included in all of that."

The Bombers will fly back to Winnipeg on Saturday morning, meet with the players in the afternoon, and the coaches will congregate after dinner to cut approximately 18 players before the 10:59 p.m. deadline.

The cuts will be announced Sunday morning.

LATE HITS: OL Val St. Germain (groin) and LB Barrin Simpson (flu) sat out yesterday's practice along with SB Albert Johnson III (hamstring), WR Adam Eckert (finger), WR O'Neil Wilson, DT Jon Oosterhuis (lower body), OL Matt O'Meara (concussion) and OL Alex Gauthier (hamstring).


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