'All bets are off'

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

Brendan Taman was riding a fine line between subtlety and shouting it from the roof tops.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM was speaking in quiet tones, but he was making it loud and clear to his free agents that the sun rises on a new landscape on Feb. 16.

CFL free agency kicked off last night at 11 p.m., and Taman wanted the Bombers' six remaining free agents to listen up.

"All bets are off with the agents and the offers I've already made, because really, it's a new game," Taman said yesterday after announcing offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed had re-upped with the Bombers. "That's not a threat; that's just the facts of life."

With a flurry of activity expected to take place today, Taman noted there won't be a lot of time to make decisions. If he has to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, he won't hesitate.

"For example, if Tom Canada and myself are five grand apart, I'm going to have to take that from somebody right away and do it," Taman said.

Canada is arguably the top player on the entire market, and it's believed the Montreal Alouettes will go hard after him, if they didn't already do so last night.

The Bombers' other key free agent, Winnipeg native Matt Sheridan, wants to see what he's worth on the open market. It could be worth a pretty penny, too, considering he's the only Canadian offensive lineman whose option year expired last night.

"I stepped up and tried to get it done before that and it didn't get done, so he's going to play a game and go see what's out there," Taman said. "I warned his agent it's a little bit of a dangerous game sometimes, so I wished him luck, and we'll see where it goes.

"... We have figures for each guy set, and we're not going to go too much above them. We're not going to overpay for a guy."

CONTRACT

The other Bombers who are free this morning include backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, receiver Jamie Stoddard, safety Greg Bearman and linebacker Adrian Baird.

The Bombers have a contract with free-agent linebacker Neil McKinlay's signature on it, although it hadn't been verified by Bomber brass last night.

Safety Ian Logan, meanwhile, has agreed to terms with the Bombers but hasn't returned a signed contract. That has Taman thinking that the two-year pro might be waiting take a peek at other possibilities today.

The Bombers released offensive lineman Andrew Greene in a paperwork move on Thursday, but they expect him to re-sign with the team shortly.


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