Let's Make a Deal

KIRK PENTON, HOME TURF

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Brendan Taman is his name, and trading is his game.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM has been living every fantasy owner's dream for the last seven years, making trade after trade after trade.

Unlike when you make a trade, however, the players Taman transfers have to sell their homes, moves their families and start their new jobs the next day in a new city.

Taman and head coach Ritchie made the personnel decisions in their first few seasons together in Winnipeg, but Taman has been the man for the last three-plus years.

Overall, the Bombers have made 49 trades in the eight and a half years since Taman arrived in Winnipeg in December 1998.

Here's a closer look at the first 23 deals Trader Taman made in Winnipeg, with our projected winner of each one as well as Taman's thoughts on a few of them. We'll look at the remaining trades in the next edition of Home Turf:

March 1, 1999

WINNIPEG GETS

QB Kerwin Bell

WR Reggie Swinton

LB Brad Jackson (neg list)

TORONTO GETS

RB Eric Blount

WR Mitch Running

LB JoJuan Armour (neg list)

QB Mike Cook (neg list)

SITUATION

It was two months into their regime, and Taman and Ritchie didn't have a bona fide quarterback, so they orchestrated their first deal.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Bell -- threw 20 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, and a had a 7-16 record as a starter until getting released on Aug. 30, 2000, because of the emergence of Khari Jones and for financial reasons.

Swinton -- released in August 1999 because all he did was return kicks; scooped up by Edmonton and eventually ended up in the NFL.

Jackson -- never came to CFL.

TORONTO

Blount -- didn't do much in '99 with Toronto and Montreal; sat out 2000 and returned to Winnipeg in 2001 to platoon in the backfield with a Bomber rookie named Charles Roberts; Bombers cut him in early 2002, but he came back in September for one game to replace an injured Roberts.

Running -- played two games for Toronto, re-signed with Winnipeg in 2000 but was cut in training camp.

Armour -- entered CFL in 2004 with B.C. and had 68 tackles and five sacks last year in Hamilton, where he still plays.

Cook -- never came to CFL.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

"Kerwin almost got us into the playoffs our first year," Taman said. "For all the crap he took, he was the key to start turning it around."

May 5, 1999

WINNIPEG GETS

LB Henry Newby

CALGARY GETS

Future considerations (nothing)

SITUATION

Newby wasn't going to make the Stampeders, and he played for Ritchie in B.C., so Taman took Newby off Calgary's hands.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Newby -- had 64 tackles, five tackles for a loss and five sacks in 15 games in 1999; released early in 2000.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

June 3, 1999

WINNIPEG GETS

DT Bennie Goods

EDMONTON GETS

2nd in 2000 (WR Rob Harrod)

SITUATION

The Bombers were looking for a solid defensive tackle and a leader in the locker-room. "We needed that presence," Taman said.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Goods -- had 52 tackles, seven sacks, seven tackles for a loss and three fumble recoveries in 33 games over the 1999 and 2000 seasons; released on Dec. 21, 2000, so he could go to the Arena league.

EDMONTON

Harrod -- appeared in 18 games for the Eskimos over three seasons, making six catches for 87 yards.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

June 21, 1999

WINNIPEG GETS

DB Rashid Gayle

OL Mark Hatfield

B.C. GETS

3rd in 2000 (RB Morgan Kane)

2nd in 2001

* B.C. traded the 2nd in 2001 to Montreal (which selected WR Pat Woodcock) for DT Tom Hipsz.

SITUATION

"We thought Hatfield could help us on our O-line," Taman said. "He was a Canadian, and Gale was a really good DB, and at the time we had neither DBs or O-linemen."

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Gayle -- had two interceptions, and returned 28 punts and kickoffs in 19 games before getting released in August 2000.

Hatfield -- was injured and didn't make it out of training camp.

B.C./MONTREAL

Kane -- never came to CFL.

Hipsz -- played five games for the Leos, then traded to Toronto

Woodcock -- has 153 catches for 2,339 yards and 12 touchdowns in 70 career games for Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton.

WINNER: Montreal ... and they weren't part of the original trade.

"In hindsight I wouldn't have done that trade," Taman said. "For an American DB, we could've been able to find one eventually. Hatfield was the guy that we really wanted to get something out of that trade, but it didn't work out."

Sept. 8, 1999

WINNIPEG GETS

S Brad Elberg, WR Nigel Williams

TORONTO GETS

OL Craig Hendrickson

SITUATION

The Bombers needed more Canadian talent, and Elberg provided special teams depth that was badly missing.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Elberg -- had one catch for 17 yards in four games; traded back to Toronto in April 2000.

Williams -- caught the game-winning, 94-yard touchdown in a game against Calgary in October, but the Bombers didn't re-sign him and he ended up in Edmonton.

TORONTO

Hendrickson -- the Brandon product played nine games for Toronto before getting released in February 2000.

WINNER: Winnipeg, by virtue of Williams' game-winning catch.

Feb. 28, 2000

WINNIPEG GETS

QB Khari Jones

4th in 2000 (WR Markus Howell)

B.C. GETS

OL Chris Perez

SITUATION

"We needed a good quarterback, and I thought Khari would be a good guy to complement Kerwin," Taman said. "I never traded for him thinking he was going to be the MVP of the league, but I knew he had an upside."

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Jones -- only became one of the best quarterbacks in team history and was named the CFL's most outstanding player in 2001.

Howell -- played five solid seasons in Winnipeg, making 104 catches; finished his Winnipeg career as a defensive back.

B.C.

Perez -- appeared in 18 games for the Lions in 2000 but was released in January 2001.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

"Obviously that was one of my best trades ever," Taman said.

March 13, 2000

WINNIPEG GETS

LB Antonio Armstrong

OL Mathieu Beaudoin

5th in 2000 (OL Grant Everett)

B.C. GETS

FB Sean Millington

SITUATION

The Bombers weren't going to keep Millington at the salary he was demanding, so they signed him and traded him on the same day for some much-needed defensive help.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Armstrong -- Winnipeg's defensive player of the year and an East Division all-star in 2000; re-signed with the team in September 2001 after a failed NFL tryout and started the 2001 Grey Cup game; held out in 2002 and that was it.

Beaudoin -- never reported to Bombers.

Everett -- Winnipeg native spent 2000 season on practice roster.

B.C.

Millington -- had 1,884 rushing yards, 1,216 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns for the Lions from 2000 to 2002; retired for two years before returning to Argos in 2005.

WINNER: B.C.

"Antonio strengthened our defence somewhat for sure," Taman said. "Millington's a Canadian, but he was never going to be here, so I got something for a guy we wouldn't have been able to keep."

April 24, 2000

WINNIPEG GETS

OL Moe Elewonibi

B.C. GETS

1st in 2001 (FB Lyle Green)

* B.C. got the first-rounder if Elewonibi was on Winnipeg's roster on March 1, 2001, which he was

SITUATION

The Bombers needed a Canadian O-lineman with some experience.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Elewonibi -- the centre spent five seasons in Winnipeg, playing all 18 games in four of them.

B.C.

Green -- still going strong with the Lions, missing only one game over six seasons; has 44 special teams tackles, five touchdowns and 547 rushing yards.

WINNER: Push.

"We got a Canadian starter for a Canadian fullback. I'll take that," Taman said.

April 18, 2000

WINNIPEG GETS

OL Dave Mudge

TORONTO GETS

S Brad Elberg

4th in 2000 (LB Benoit Meloche)

SITUATION

You can never have too many talented Canadian offensive linemen.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Mudge -- a rock on some under-achieving offensive lines; named the CFL's most outstanding O-lineman in 2001; traded to Montreal in 2005.

TORONTO

Elberg -- two kickoff returns for 10 yards are his only stats from the 2000 and 2001 seasons in Toronto; retired in May 2002.

Meloche -- never played in the CFL.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

"That was Dave Ritchie's best trade he made when he was in Winnipeg," Taman said. "He did that with J.I. Albrecht, and that was a hell of a trade."

Aug. 29, 2000

WINNIPEG GETS

DT Troy Bailey

CALGARY GETS

OL Jeff Pilon

SITUATION

The Bombers needed another spitfire on the defensive line, and Pilon, who hadn't yet played in the CFL, was checking out every league but the CFL.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Bailey -- had three sacks and 11 tackles in six games before having his knee blown out by B.C.'s Chris Perez; retired the following spring.

CALGARY

Pilon -- has been for the last six years, and still is, a steady part of a solid Calgary offensive line.

WINNER: Calgary.

"Pilon is a Canadian O-lineman still playing in the league," Taman said. "That was a bad trade."

April 26, 2001

WINNIPEG GETS

DB Raphaol Ball

B.C. GETS

2nd 2002 (OL Brett Romberg)

* pick was originally a third-rounder, but it got bumped up to a second because Ball played at least nine games for Winnipeg in 2001

SITUATION

The Bombers lost Brandon Hamilton to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in free agency, so they made a draft-day trade for the man they called O-Ball.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Ball -- played 19 games for Winnipeg over two seasons, making 58 tackles and one interception.

B.C.

Romberg -- never came to CFL.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

"O-Ball was like the (Rashid) Gayle thing," Taman said. "An American DB for a draft pick, you probably in hindsight don't want to do that."

June 16, 2001

Winnipeg gets

DT Doug Brown

Calgary gets

1st in 2002 (DT Jon Oosterhuis)

3rd in 2003 (DL Mike Labinjo)

SITUATION

No one was certain that Brown was going to come to Canada after three years in the NFL, but Taman took a shot.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Brown -- a three-time CFL all-star, 2001 CFL most outstanding Canadian, 2006 East Division most outstanding Canadian.

CALGARY

Oosterhuis -- Stamps released him in September 2002; Bombers signed him five days later; has been in Winnipeg ever since in backup role.

Labinjo -- never came to CFL.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

"I wasn't sure about the first- and third-rounders," Taman said. "But (Brown) was a special player and has turned out to be a special player. And Oosterhuis, isn't it funny how that works out? Ha ha ha."

Aug. 3, 2001

WINNIPEG GETS

5th in 2002 (RB Lloyd Orris)

B.C. gets

DT Daaron McField

SITUATION

The Bombers didn't need McField, the second overall pick in the 2000 draft, after acquiring Doug Brown and getting strong play from newcomer Denny Fortney.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Orris -- blew out his knee in 2002 training camp and retired the following spring.

B.C.

McField -- lasted four games in B.C. before getting released.

WINNER: Push.

Jan. 15, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

QB Pat Barnes

CALGARY GETS

1st in 2003 (LB Mark Calixte)

* pick was originally future considerations, but it became a first-rounder when the teams couldn't agree on who would go to Calgary

SITUATION

The Bombers wanted a solid backup to Khari Jones, and they felt Barnes was the man. The trade was first broached with Wally Buono at midfield during warmups before the 2001 Grey Cup.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Barnes -- completed 47 of 96 attempts for 647 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions over the next two seasons; released in December 2003.

CALGARY

Calixte -- in his fifth season with the Stampeders; has 32 special teams tackles and 15 defensive tackles in 66 career games.

WINNER: Calgary.

"And Eric Tillman probably to this day is still mad about that trade," Taman said. "Ottawa was coming into the league, and in his mind he wanted Pat Barnes. ... We wanted Pat Barnes, too, so that's why we gave up the first to get him. He was going to go, so we needed him before Ottawa. Oh, Tillman was mad! Oh, man, was he mad! He was livid."

Feb. 7, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

P/K Jamie Boreham

B.C. GETS

6th in 2002 (WR Joe Orel)

SITUATION

Troy Westwood struggled mightily in the 2001 Grey Cup, and the Bombers wanted someone to push him in the field-goal department.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Boreham -- never could make the Bombers; rights traded to Hamilton in February 2004.

B.C.

Orel -- never played in the CFL

WINNER: Push.

"We didn't necessarily mistake his abilities, but he didn't turn out for us," Taman said of Boreham, who currently punts for Saskatchewan.

April 17, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

LB Jeff Zimmer

CALGARY GETS

future considerations (nothing)

SITUATION

Calgary was going to cut him, and the Bombers needed a Canadian special teamer for camp.

RESULT

WINNIPEG

Zimmer -- released in 2002 training camp.

WINNER: Push.

"Calgary was going to cut him before camp, so we did them a favour and the kid a favour," Taman said.

April 18, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

4th in 2003 (LB Sebastien Roy)

OTTAWA GETS

WR Ben Wearing

SITUATION

Ottawa needed Canadian receivers to get the franchise going, and Wearing wasn't playing in Winnipeg

RESULT

WINNIPEG

Roy -- played in 17 games in 2003 and made six special teams tackles; released in 2004 training camp.

OTTAWA

Wearing -- released in 2002 training camp.

WINNER: Winnipeg.

May 9, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

DB Curtis Anderson

B.C. GETS

6th in 2003

- B.C. traded Winnipeg's 6th in 2003 (LB Mike Botterill) and its own 6th in 2003 (SB Dave Stala) to Montreal for SB Harvey Stables.

SITUATION

Juran Bolden had bolted for the NFL, and Taman was bringing every DB he could find to camp in an effort to find the next Bolden.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Anderson -- released in 2002 training camp

B.C.

Stables -- made eight special teams tackles for the Leos

WINNER: For the second time, Montreal wins a Winnipeg-B.C. trade, as Botterill made 56 tackles in 66 games for the Alouettes between 2003 and 2006, and Stala was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2005.

"That was a bad trade," Taman noted.

Sept. 17, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

3rd in 2003 (OL Todd Krenbrink)

DB Fahkir Brown (neg list)

TORONTO GETS

QB Marcus Brady (neg list)

- Winnipeg also got a 3rd in 2004 since Brady was on Toronto's roster for 12 games in 2003. That pick, however, went to Hamilton, back to Winnipeg and ultimately to Montreal (OL Josh Bourke).

SITUATION

This trade happened a day after Pinball Clemons took over as head coach for the fired Gary Etcheverry. Clemons obviously felt the Argos needed quarterback help, and the Bombers were willing to part with Brady's rights. Toronto signed Brady two days later.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Krenbrink -- played three games in 2004 and retired before the 2005 campaign

Brown -- never came to the CFL; still in the NFL.

TORONTO

Brady -- completed 34 of 91 attempts for 582 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions in 2002 and 2003 before being dealt to Hamilton in June 2004

WINNER: Toronto.

Oct. 16, 2002

WINNIPEG GETS

DB Ricky Bell.

OTTAWA GETS

K Steve Christie (neg list)

QB Dameyune Craig (neg list)

SITUATION

Bell was causing problems in Ottawa over money, and the Bombers were more than willing to take him off the Renegades' hands.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Bell -- played 39 games over two-plus seasons; had three interceptions and 11 pass knockdowns before holding out in 2005.

OTTAWA

Christie -- came to the CFL for the first time this month, when he joined the Argos.

Craig -- never played in the CFL.

WINNER: Winnipeg, even if Bell caused trouble on his way out of town.

"He was a good player, but you knew he had a business side of him that was going to catch up to us at some point. And it did," Taman said. "But it helped us, because he was a good DB."

June 28, 2003

WINNIPEG GETS

OL Andrew Carter

CALGARY GETS

5th in 2004 (LB Marc Mitchell)

SITUATION

Offensive linemen were dropping like flies at Bomber training camp in 2003, so Taman acquired the 6-foot-10 behemoth.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Carter -- dressed for 16 games, starting one, in 2003; never played again.

CALGARY

Mitchell -- recorded 21 special teams tackles and nine defensive tackles in 47 games over three seasons with the Stamps; retired this past winter.

WINNER: Calgary.

July 22, 2003

WINNIPEG GETS

QB Tee Martin (neg list)

HAMILTON GETS

SB Craig Yeast (neg list)

SITUATION

"I thought it was a good quarterback for a good fast receiver," Taman said.

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Martin -- threw one touchdown and four interceptions in place of injured Kevin Glenn in 2005; went AWOL in spring 2006 and wasn't re-signed

HAMILTON

Yeast -- had back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2004 and 2005; cut immediately after a loss to the Bombers in July 2006

WINNER: Hamilton.

"It obviously worked out better for Hamilton production-wise," Taman said. "But I still think Tee could've been a good quarterback in this league, with the right situation."

Aug. 27, 2003

WINNIPEG GETS

LB Warren Muzika

HAMILTON GETS

3rd in 2004 (Winnipeg got pick back in another trade)

SITUATION

"Muzika was a good special teams player, a solid guy," Taman said. "We liked him all along. He was the captain of Hamilton's special teams for a long time."

RESULTS

WINNIPEG

Muzika -- played eight games for the Blue and Gold and recorded four tackles; retired in May 2004.

WINNER: Winnipeg.


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