Sheridan not sure if there's cash left for him

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

"That leaves me as the odd man out."

Those were the first words out of offensive lineman Matt Sheridan's mouth yesterday when he learned the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had re-signed defensive end Tom Canada.

Offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, Canada and Sheridan were considered Winnipeg's top three free agents. Since Canada and Goodspeed re-signed, Sheridan figured the Bombers wouldn't be able to afford to keep him.

Sheridan's agent, Darren Gill, said last night that his client would know where he was going by 8 a.m. today, and Bombers GM Brendan Taman said that place could still be Winnipeg.

A CFL source said last night that Sheridan was contemplating two serious offers: one from Winnipeg and another from a West Division club.

The Bombers' offer last night probably wasn't as good as the one it offered before free agency began on Friday, but Taman believed it would still be worth Sheridan's while to re-sign.

"This does not mean that Matt Sheridan does not have a future with our club," Taman said. "It would've been easier had one of those guys not returned, but I don't want him thinking he's gone."

FEEDING FRENZY: It was a busy first day of free agency, and here's a rundown of the action.

The Montreal Alouettes made a splash, inking defensive tackle Jeff Keeping (Toronto), linebacker JoJuan Amour (Hamilton) and defensive back Tay Cody (Hamilton).

The Edmonton Eskimos signed defensive tackle Dario Romero (formerly of Montreal) and were reportedly close to getting offensive lineman Garrick Jones (Calgary).

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meanwhile, scooped up receiver Tony Miles (Toronto).

The biggest name still on the market is Saskatchewan linebacker Reggie Hunt.

LATE HITS: Linebacker Neil McKinlay and safety Ian Logan have inked new deals with the Bombers, while talks continue with quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, safety Greg Bearman, receiver Jamie Stoddard and linebacker Adrian Baird ... Before signing with the Alouettes last night, linebacker JoJuan Armour called Taman and asked for a contract offer. The Bomber GM declined because he had no cap space ... The Bombers had a league-high nine players named to the CFLPA's 2007 all-star team yesterday, including quarterback Kevin Glenn, receiver Milt Stegall and running back Charles Roberts.


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