Back to the table

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

There is no dancing around the fact that Ike Charlton believes he deserves a pay hike.

So does Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn.

Charlton, a strong-side linebacker (SAM), returned to the Blue Bombers after a short stint in the NFL (Detroit) in September and made an immediate impact, solidifying an improving defence.

Although Charlton has the window to go back to the NFL this winter because he is officially entering his option year, he would prefer to return to the Bombers.

"I want to be back here," Charlton said yesterday. "Hopefully, I showed them again this year why I'm important to this defence. Hopefully, I showed them again why I should be compensated like one of the best linebackers, or one of the best SAM linebackers, because you look at a lot of other teams, they try to mirror-image what I do, as far as playing in the box and going out and covering receivers.

"I cover anybody on opposing teams. I can cover your Geroy Simons, your (Jeremaine) Copelands. A lot of teams are trying to find guys who can do that and not just anybody can do that."

When Charlton returned, he was immediately inserted at strong-side linebacker, Cam Hall was converted from strong side to weak side and weak-side linebacker Corey Jenkins was released. In nine regular-season games, Charlton recorded 28 defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks, three pass knockdowns and one forced fumble.

"I came up here in a short period of time and made an impact and I plan on making a bigger impact if I'm here for a full season," said Charlton, 30. "I'm going to come back with a new body. I'm going to be bigger, stronger, faster."

The 6-foot, 202-pound Virginia Tech product said that will be up to Bombers GM Brendan Taman and president/CEO Lyle Bauer to get a new contract done.

However, because Charlton is going into his option year, he will remain under contract -- unless he signs with another NFL team.

"That's not even an issue," Charlton said. "The only way I could go back there, they'd have to give me $50,000-$60,000 US bonus up front, which I doubt I'd get at my age. So, that should tell you right there that I'm definitely going to be back."

Glenn, meanwhile, was the Eastern rep for Most Outstanding Player and his worth to the team was underscored by his injury-induced absence for the Grey Cup game.

"I think we'll go back to the table," said Glenn, who is also entering his option year. "Just given everything that happened with the playoffs and everything, you try not to even worry about it until the season's over with ... I've never had a problem in the past with it and I don't expect a problem with it now ... Given the situation and how I played this year and where we got to, I think it will work itself out."

Glenn, who led the CFL with 5,114 passing yards, prefers to remain a Bomber. Taman had already indicated that he would be willing to re-work Glenn's pact at the end of the season.

Glenn added that his broken left arm will recover within two months and he will be ready to go at training camp.

Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Juran Bolden, 33, is still hoping for another NFL shot, If not, he may return for one last hurrah.


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