Bombers trim down

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

Brendan Taman brought out the scissors again yesterday, cutting three more players in an effort to meet the CFL's salary cap this season.

The Winnipeg Blue Bomber GM's highest profile victim was defensive back Davin Bush, who signed a six-figure contract last February to replace Stanford Samuels but didn't make much of an impact in 2007.

"He filled a void when we lost Stanford last year, but really, he had a tough spell getting healthy and really never fit in to what we were doing here," Taman said. "Rightfully or wrongfully, we just didn't see him fitting into our future plans.

"I still think he's a pretty good player, but it just didn't work out for him here."

Canadian offensive lineman Paul Archer was also let go, while third-string quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who was drafted into the new All- American Football Conference last weekend, was officially released.

Taman's roster paring came a day after he cut kick returner Albert Johnson III.

Despite trimming nearly $300,000 off the payroll with the four releases, it's believed Taman still must slash at least another $300,000.

Bush signed with Winnipeg after spending six seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but he played in only 11 games last season and failed to record an interception. The 30-year-old had only three pass knockdowns and 35 tackles, and he didn't play in the Grey Cup despite being healthy.

"When I signed him, I thought he was a pretty good signing for us, but it just never seemed to work out," Taman said. "He never seemed to get comfortable here. I don't know why."

Archer was brought in late last season for depth on the O-line but wasn't going to be needed in 2008, Taman said.

The Bombers released Kingsbury to let him play in the new spring league down south, but he too was not in the team's plans.

Taman said fourth-string quarterback Zac Taylor, whom the Bombers want back, is still deciding whether or not he wants to return to Winnipeg.

Taylor has an offer to begin a coaching career at Texas A&M.

SECONDARY LEADER: The Bombers have hired Dan Daniel to be their defensive backs coach.

Daniel brings a wealth of coaching experience, including 11 seasons in the CFL. He started north of the border in 1978 with the Edmonton Eskimos and was a part of four straight Grey Cup titles.

He has also worked with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ottawa Rough Riders, Calgary Stampeders and Shreveport Pirates.

FULL CIRCLE: After courting free agent quarterback Dave Dickenson for the better part of two months, Sun sources say the Calgary Stampeders came to terms with the 35-year-old quarterback yesterday.

The Stamps have called an afternoon press conference today when Dickenson will officially be re-introduced as a member of the team he started his CFL career with in 1996. Dickenson will back up Henry Burris.

FREE-AGENT WATCH: Tom Canada's agent threw a salary figure at Taman yesterday, and while the GM wouldn't reveal said number, it sounds as if they're not exactly close.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Gazette's Herb Zurkowsky reported earlier this week that the Alouettes are ready to make a serious pitch for the defensive end's services.

Canada was Winnipeg's defensive player of the year in 2007, registering 12 sacks.


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